Truth & Rumors > NBA

D'Antoni makes Young's case as NBA's Sixth Man

Views
12859
Comments
687

07:10 AM ET 12.02 | How quickly times change. Within a two-month span, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni has viewed Nick Young as a a streaky shooter and inconsistent defender to a candidate for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award. "He should. If we can get our record [good]," D'Antoni said. "That's going to be the product of the team. He's playing well enough. But if we surprise people, get in the playoffs and do really well, yeah, he'll have a really good chance at it." Ever since D'Antoni demoted him as a starting small forward to a reserve, Young has jokingly touted himself as a sixth man of the year candidate. Young has backed up those words said in jest with his play. Young has averaged 16.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting in 27.1 minutes through 11 games as a reserve.

Los Angeles Daily News

Mike D'Antoni, Icon Sports Mike D'Antoni, Icon Sports
December 2, 2013  08:22 AM ET

He has a chance, and his defense is improving. Let's see what happens when Kobe return, he will take shots away from a few of the guys.

Comment #2 has been removed
December 2, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He has a chance, and his defense is improving. Let's see what happens when Kobe return, he will take shots away from a few of the guys.

Lakers are playing good and are very unselfish. Great ball movement and balance scoring. That might come to a halt I hope so when the anti-ball movement comes back. He could change. We'll see but I hope not. I really want him to go after Jordan's points.

December 2, 2013  08:35 AM ET

When his shots are falling, he looks great. But sooner than later he'll cool off. Young's hasn't seen a bad shot in his life.
Jamal, Manu still ahead of the pack for 6th man.

December 2, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lakers are playing good and are very unselfish. Great ball movement and balance scoring. That might come to a halt I hope so when the anti-ball movement comes back. He could change. We'll see but I hope not. I really want him to go after Jordan's points.

D'Antoni has that team playing very well and I can see the Lakers winning 40 games this season.

December 2, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

D'Antoni has that team playing very well and I can see the Lakers winning 40 games this season.

We'll see what happens when the real coach comes back. Dumbtonie might not even last.

December 2, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He has a chance, and his defense is improving. Let's see what happens when Kobe return, he will take shots away from a few of the guys.

He has worked hard on the defensive end to improve. He's still average...at best.

Wesley Johnson's starting because of his improved defense.

December 2, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

We'll see what happens when the real coach comes back. Dumbtonie might not even last.

D'Antoni doesn't get the credit he deserves and has that team playing respectable without Kobe.

December 2, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

D'Antoni doesn't get the credit he deserves and has that team playing respectable without Kobe.

Not a popular opinion on here...but I agree. He's not a good coach but he's the reason they are 9-9 when many thought this team would be struggling.

December 2, 2013  09:17 AM ET

I doubt he gets fired during the season. If he does...most likely it will be after the season.

December 2, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I doubt he gets fired during the season. If he does...most likely it will be after the season.

I don't see any reason to fire him if the team can win half their games.

December 2, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No one cares, bro...

Reported!

December 2, 2013  09:48 AM ET

Sixth man is always given to a player on winning team. If Lakers make the playoffs he has a shot otherwise I don't see it happening as he will not average enough to get it to someone on a winning team. The amount of shots he gets will also come down with Kobe back. The west is really tough and I don't see the Lakers making it as an eighth seed. If we are talking strickly production Isaiah Thomas is ahead of most of all the sixth men he probably won't get it because well he is on a bad team.

1. Manu
2. Crawford
3. Isaiah Thomas
4. Young
5. Reggie Jackson

December 2, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

D'Antoni doesn't get the credit he deserves and has that team playing respectable without Kobe.

You're new here so you don't get the idea yet. Dumbtonie is his name for a reason and he isn't the coach when Kobe is around. We'll see if he still coaches the same way when Kobe comes back.

December 2, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Not a popular opinion on here...but I agree. He's not a good coach but he's the reason they are 9-9 when many thought this team would be struggling.

9-9 for the Lakeshow IS struggling.

December 2, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Sixth man is always given to a player on winning team. If Lakers make the playoffs he has a shot otherwise I don't see it happening as he will not average enough to get it to someone on a winning team. The amount of shots he gets will also come down with Kobe back. The west is really tough and I don't see the Lakers making it as an eighth seed. If we are talking strickly production Isaiah Thomas is ahead of most of all the sixth men he probably won't get it because well he is on a bad team.1. Manu2. Crawford3. Isaiah Thomas4. Young5. Reggie Jackson

Don't forget Harrison Barnes...

December 2, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

9-9 for the Lakeshow IS struggling.

Look at the schedule they've played, AJ. The first 10 games was supposed to be a death sentence. They are without 2 key veterans and Gasol has been struggling offensively. I agree it's not great in the best of times but these aren't the best of times.

They are clearly overachieving.

December 2, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Don't forget Harrison Barnes...

Harrison Barnes is up there but he has been playing more starter minutes lately with Iggy out. He is good no doubt. Sixth man is about production on a good team. You have to have the green light and put up points for the second unit as the offense usually goes through you. If I was voting it would be Thomas hands down no contest. Someone like Lin might make it as well but depends on how many starts he has.

December 2, 2013  10:08 AM ET

I will admit, the Lakers so far are doing betting than I thought they would.

Pau is getting an MRI on his ankle today, which may not be good.

And the possible intro of the Mamba to the team, could either solidify or dismantle all of D'As coaching this season.....

 
December 2, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Look at the schedule they've played, AJ. The first 10 games was supposed to be a death sentence. They are without 2 key veterans and Gasol has been struggling offensively. I agree it's not great in the best of times but these aren't the best of times. They are clearly overachieving.

Yep, there are only a couple of teams that have played more teams .500 and above this season than the Lakers have.......the Lakers have played 12 games vs .500 or better and gone 5-7

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Tuukka Rask takes blame for Bruins' Game 1 loss
    Views
    2385
    Comments
    231
  2. 2
    Clippers, Warriors exchange barbs
    Views
    283
    Comments
    163
  3. 3
    Smush Parker allegedly punches high schooler
    Views
    1934
    Comments
    139
  4. 4
    Quarterback freefalling down draft boards
    Views
    6838
    Comments
    90
  5. 5
    Joel Quenneville's Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby
    Views
    502
    Comments
    89

SI.com

SI Photos