The Washington Times - January 15, 2009, 08:18PM

He may be playing on the second-worst team in the NBA, but that hasn’t kept Nick Young from drawing national attention for his recent explosion in production.



Here’s what ESPN’s John Hollinger had to say today about the smooth Young, who in his last four games is averaging 25.8 points on 71 percent shooting:


“Washington might be terrible, but one bright spot has been Nick Young. The second-year swingman has been blowing up of late, posting career highs in three of his past four games.


“Yes, career highs. Yes, in three of his past four games. On Wednesday, he had 33 points in a 128-122 loss to the Knicks, coming on the heels of 30, 12 and 28 during his previous three games. In that stretch, he was 43-of-60 (71.1 percent) from the floor and 9-of-15 on 3-pointers after opening the season 11-for-48.


“Young always has been able to get his shot off, but now it appears he’s getting comfortable with finding his midrange looks against NBA defenses and getting used to spotting up for 3s as well.


“The next step is using those skills to get shots for other people, too. During this four-game stretch, Young has averaged 25.7 points … and 1.2 assists. He had the worst pure point rating among perimeter players as a rookie and hasn’t improved his court vision much in his second year, although he has cut down on his turnovers some.


“He likely will be forced to develop in that area rapidly — as opponents game plan for him and start sending doubles at him more aggressively, he won’t get as many quality shots unless he make opponents pay for sending help”


Additionally, last night at Madison Square Garden, I sat next to Rudy Tomjanovich, who is now a scout for the Lakers, and he was pretty impressed with Young, offering praise for his game and shaking his head in disbelief after each seamingly impossible shot that the guard knocked down. Here’s to hoping for the Wizards’ sake that Nick can keep it rolling, and that these sizzling performances start boosting the team toward victories.