Los Angeles Lakers' guard/forward Nick Young did his best to fill the Kobe Bryant sized hole at the Staples Center in the 201314 National Basketball Association season after Bryant was forced to miss the whole thing with injuries.
Young's adventures and mishaps in becoming Kobe for a season earned himself a spot of fame as 'Swaggy P' rose to prominence as one of the NBA's most talked about players.
But unfortunately for the 29-year old, in their preview of the 100 Best Player in the NBA in 2015, Sports Illustrated have failed to include the ersatz Kobe, delivering a snub to dent any ego, even one as much as Young's.
Light on Substance
"Kobe Bryant is the Lakers, but Young is a pretty good face for what the franchise has become in Bryant’s absence. Young is heavy on swag and light on substance, a player who need not be taken too seriously and a man who seems to prefer it that way."
"And yet the L.A. native's happy-go-lucky approach was the best thing the Lakers had going last season, as he posted career highs in points, rebounds, assists and gossip-blog headlines. Young parlayed his single-minded scoring ability and 38.6 percent three-point shooting into a four-year, $21.5 million contract that raised a number of questions soon after being signed."
"Isn’t Young clearly a one-way player with a limited postseason résumé and a reputation for inconsistency? Wasn’t that career-high assist average still just 1.5? How important is his best attribute – filling it up -- now that Bryant is returning and Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer and rookie Julius Randle are all joining the fray and expecting touches?
As we await Young's on-court responses to those questions, the takeaway from a forgettable Lakers season seemed to be that if immediate title contention and meaningful short-term hope are both out of reach, it is handy to have someone with an infectious smile and magnetic personality."
Wow, not even that small compliment at the end can save how scathing this review of Young was.
Other bigger named players left off the Top 100 include Young's teammate at the Lakers, Jeremy Lin, Kevin Garnett, Tony Allen of the Grizzlies, Vince Carter and Phoenix Suns' high flyer Gerald Green.