Nick Young Not Happy With His Ranking On ESPN’s #NBArank

Nick Young Interview

After the news broke of Nick Young going down with a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Los Angeles Lakers had officially suffered their first major loss of the season due to injury. Young could miss as much as two months while recovering from surgery resulting in the team being without their best player off the bench for the first month of the regular season.

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Even though Young won’t be on the floor until after Thanksgiving, the veteran guard/forward has remained active in practice and on social media. Young took to Twitter on Tuesday to blast ESPN for ranking him the 150th best player in the NBA:

Last season, Young had a breakout year in Los Angeles leading the Lakers in scoring at 17.9 point per game. Young was even in contention for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, but the Lakers finishing with 27 wins didn’t do him any favors while competing with Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ironically enough, three of the Lakers’ biggest off-season additions were ranked higher than Young in ESPN’s #NBArank. Rookie Julius Randle was ranked one spot higher than the sixth man:

Veteran power forward Carlos Boozer was the next Laker to show up on ESPN’s #NBArank:

The only player on the team outside of Kobe Bryant to crack the top 100 players in ESPN’s rankings is Jeremy Lin:

Young may be upset about not being ranked higher, but at least he wasn’t anywhere near where Steve Nash ended up:

Every player on the squad mentioned above might be able to prove ESPN wrong this time around. The Lakers aren’t getting much consideration as a threat in the Western Conference this season potentially leading to lower rankings for the best players on the squad in Los Angeles.

Kobe’s ranking has yet to surface with Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic the most recent player ranked at No. 81. ESPN had Kobe at No. 25 last year and it’d be safe to assume after another season-ending injury he’ll be even lower this time around.

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