Nick Young is a professional basketball player from the United States. He is presently a member of the ‘Los Angeles Lakers NBA club. He’s a versatile player who can play both small forward and shooting guard. He began playing basketball as a child and went on to play for Cleveland High School in his early years. He was a member of the University of Southern California Trojans team in college. He did, however, take advantage of the opportunity to play professional basketball with the NBA’s ‘Washington Wizards’ before finishing his senior year. In his career, he has also been a part of the ‘Los Angeles Clippers,’ ‘Philadelphia 76ers,’ and ‘Los Angeles Lakers.’ He has also volunteered for a number of humanitarian projects. He established the Nick Young Foundation to combat gang violence and provide psychiatric services to victims. He also intends to coach impoverished children in basketball. He plays the lead in the documentary ‘Second Chance Season,’ which examines his flaws, exploits, and accomplishments.
Childhood and Adolescence
Nick Young was born on June 1, 1985, in Reseda, California, to Charles and Mae Young. Charles Young Jr., his older brother, was slain as a result of gang violence.
Nick, who was just five years old at the time, was greatly affected by his brother’s death and was eventually committed to a mental institution.
Nick Young was a member of the Cleveland High School in Reseda football team. HoopScoop ranked him as the seventh-best player in the country as a result of his performance.
In 2003, he received his first-team honors and was later named to Athlon Sports Communications’ list of outstanding seniors. Frank Burlison, a prep basketball analyst, ranked him among the top 50 recruits in 2004.
The Career of Nick
Nick Young was a member of the University of Southern California football team from 2004 to 2007. He was also named to the All-Pac-10 First Team for two consecutive seasons, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, honor is given to the team’s best players.
He was the captain of the USC Trojans in the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. He stated that he would miss his senior year to pursue basketball professionally and entered the 2007 NBA Draft the following year.
In 2007, the ‘Washington Wizards’ selected him as the 16th overall pick. His debut encounter was against the ‘Sacramento Kings’ in the same year. From 2007 until 2012, he was a member of the ‘Washington Wizards.’ In 2011, he set a career-high with 43 points against the ‘Sacramento Kings.’
He was traded to the ‘Los Angeles Clippers in March 2012. Between March and July, he was instrumental in helping the team win games against teams such as the ‘Oklahoma City Thunder and the ‘Memphis Grizzlies.’
He signed a one-year contract with the ‘Philadelphia 76ers’ in July 2012. He joined the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’ the next year. In the 2013-14 season, he set a team record while also improving his average points per game to a career-high of 17.9 points.
He signed a four-year, USD 21.5 million contract extension with the ‘Los Angeles Lakers in 2014. However, injuries plagued his first few games of the season, and he only made his season debut in November 2014. He is still a member of the ‘Los Angeles Lakers.’
Achievements & Awards
In 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, his outstanding play earned him a spot on the All-Pac-10 First Team both times.
Personal History and Legacy
Nick Young began a relationship with rapper Iggy Azalea in 2013. The couple announced their engagement in June 2015, but Iggy Azalea called it off a year later because Nick Young had cheated on her.
He was previously married to entrepreneur Keonna Green, with whom he has two children, Nick Jr. (born in 2012) and Navi (born in 2014). (born in 2016).
Nick founded the Nick Young Foundation to fight gang violence and provide psychiatric care to those who have been touched by it. He also intends to hold free basketball camps for underprivileged children.
He tore the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb in 2014, which kept him out of the game for almost eight weeks.
He had a strained calf muscle in his right leg in November 2016, which kept him out of the game for approximately a month.
Estimated Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be at USD 8 million.
His Twitter handle is ‘Swaggy P,’ which is also his nickname.
The ‘Washington Wizards’ fined him USD 10,000 in 2010 for joining basketball star Gilbert Arenas in some theatrics prior to a game with the ‘Philadelphia 76ers.’