The best shot fake in the NBA usually belongs to Dwyane Wade, getting defenders to jump on him and easily draw the fouls. Nick Young may have introduced a new, more effective way of faking out guarding players – making a 360 rotating spin and then easily knock down a jumper or three pointer, just like he pulled off as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 102-95.
Scoring 21 points in what might have been his best game this season (during his best stretch so far as a Laker), Young hit a corner three pointer by giving Marreese Speights a little lesson in reading moves. Speights didn’t think and jumped straight at Young. Young didn’t make a pump fake or move his hands. He simply spun on his anchor leg and found himself wide open while Speights was flying by, knocking down the shot.
The Lakers got a win over a playoff team which doesn’t happen very often for them, improving to 6-7, showing that things aren’t as bad as some would like to make them out to be. Young himself is doing very well after a lacking start to the season in the first week, averaging 17.2 points over the last five games, getting his shooting in order – he’s making 49.2% of his field goal attempts during this stretch and 41.7% of his three point attempts.
He’s not Kobe Bryant and the Lakers sorely miss Bryant’s ability to create points and be someone a defense actually pays attention to and sends a double team at, but Young is doing slightly better than expected, giving the Lakers a reliable scoring option from the perimeter with athleticism, which they’ve been sorely missing.