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Nick Young is the Warriors' player who will surprise people this season

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The Golden State Warriors have four legitimate superstars in Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and those players will decide whether the team wins its third title in four years or not.

However, no team can win a championship without key contributions from bench players, and the Warriors also have a strong bench unit, led by Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Golden State will need other players to step up too, though, and the Warriors definitely have the talent to do just that.

One player who could surprise fans and teammates alike this season is guard Nick Young, who enters his first year with the Warriors after coming over from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Young gives the Golden State bench an explosive scoring threat and should provide a great presence in the locker room.

Here are three reasons Young will be a big surprise in Golden State this season:

He can carry an offense when he's hot

Young is a very streaky player who is just as likely to score zero points on any given night as he is to score 30.

In Golden State's first game of the year - a loss to Houston - Young scored an impressive 23 points while making six of his seven three-point attempts in 26 minutes.

However, in the two games since, Young has played only 16 minutes and scored only three points, showing how streaky he is.

When he's going well, coach Steve Kerr will have no choice but to ride his hot hand, but when he doesn't have it, the Warriors will have to look elsewhere for offensive production.

He's experienced

It may not seem like it, but Young is now in his 11th NBA season, so the 32-year-old guard has seen it all over the years.

That makes him a valuable piece of the puzzle for the Warriors' bench, as he knows what he has to do to keep himself ready to play at a high level, even when he's not getting as many minutes as he'd probably like.

In stops with the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, he's played for bad teams and good teams, so he knows what it takes to play for a playoff-bound team.

He's never played for a squad quite as good as this year's Warriors team, but he still has a level of experience that not many bench players across the league have.

He's fun to watch

There aren't many players in the league who have more fun on the court than Young, who has an infectious personality on and off the floor.

On a team full of superstars, he'll still find a way to become a fan favorite and one the Golden State faithful enjoy seeing on a nightly basis.

Whether he's celebrating three-pointers (that he may or may not make) or laughing with teammates on the bench, Young has a positive impact on his teams and should continue to do so for the Warriors this year.

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Topics:
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Draymond Green
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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