Stat: Nick Young has been one of the surprises of the L.A. Lakers' preseason

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There is a lot of optimism surrounding the L.A. Lakers right now. Nobody expects them to really challenge in the Western Conference but they should at least show a sign of progress following a disastrous 2015-16 campaign.

Much of the excitement surrounds their young core of Brandon Ingram, D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and others, but one of the pleasant surprises of the preseason calendar has been Nick Young.

Swaggy P has become a peripheral figure in the City of Angels since joining the franchise in 2013. During the previous campaign, as his off-court issues made headlines, he fell down the rotation at Staples Center and played just 54 games - averaging only 19.1 minutes per night, the lowest since his rookie year.

However, with new head coach Luke Walton coming in, the 31-year-old, who L.A. were actively trying to trade, has focused on his basketball and has produced some strong shooting stats and an improved commitment to defence.

He has shot 19/34 from three-point land and looks to have rediscovered the shooting touch that could make him a valuable bench piece for the organisation.

Producing during the regular season is a different prospect but after his three-point percentage dropped to 32.5 percent under Byron Scott last season, the signs are good.

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