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With Arenas out for at least the first month of the season recovering from knee surgery, the Wizards will need an additional scorer. And after last year’s top scoring option off the bench, Roger Mason Jr., departed as a free agent over the summer, Young’s maturity and increased production are even more crucial to the team’s success.

“With [Arenas] out, you figure if we can get 12 to 14 points a night from Andray [Blatche] and another 10 to 12 from Nick, you’d think we’d be all right,” said team captain Antawn Jamison, who along with the Wizards’ coaching staff has challenged Young to take a more serious approach to his game this season.

And based on his preparation in practice - and Wednesday’s performance - Young appears willing and able to do his part.