Nick Young is having one of the best shooting seasons of his career, and he will represent the Lakers in the 2017 NBA All-Star 3-point shooting contest. The last Laker to participate in this event was Byron Scott in 1987. NBA All-Star Weekend will take place in New Orleans from February 17-19.
— 2017 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 3, 2017
Before entering this season, Young’s career with the Lakers was in peril, but he managed to stay with the team. Young is currently shooting 42 percent from beyond the arch, which is the best on the team. In the beginning of January, he also set a Laker record by making 36 3-point field goals in an eight-game stretch.
Nick Young set a record tonight. @NickSwagyPYoung now has the franchise record for most threes made over an 8-game stretch: 36. Shot 56% too
— Shahan A. (@shahanLA) January 2, 2017
Not only is Young the Lakers’ best threat from deep, but he is also one of the best shooters in the league. He is in the top ten in 3-point field goal percentage, makes, and attempts in the entire NBA. At 42 percent, he is tied for 9th in the league. He is also tied for 7th in 3-point field goals made at 2.9 and 7th in 3-point field goals attempted per game at 6.9.
Although no Laker had made the All-Star game, some are participating in the festivities. Brandon Ingram and D’Angelo Russell are invited to play in the Rising Stars Challenge. It is nice to see some of the Lakers being represented with other top players in the NBA.
Young won’t be the favorite to win the shooting contest, considering that he will have to face off against the likes of Klay Thompson, CJ McCollum, and Wes Matthews.
The Lakers have produced many championships and awards in their prestigious history, but no Laker had ever won the 3-point shooting contest. Nick Young will have the chance to etched his name in history and be the first Laker to win the competition.