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In this series, we will count down the days until the Lakers first regular season game on October 28th. Each day we will discuss who wore that number best, and who wears it now or who wore it last.

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We're getting ready for a brand new season of Los Angeles Lakers basketball, so to count down the days we'll be looking at the best Lakers to wear the number. The Lakers open their 2015-16 season tonight against the Timberwolves, so we will end this series with the man known as "Swaggy P".

Who wore it the best: Nick Young

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Born in Los Angeles, California, Nick Young would attend USC where he would play 3 years before declaring for the NBA draft in 2007. Nick was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 16th overall pick. Nick played sparingly in his first three years in Washington, but always found a way to get the ball in the basket. During the 2010-11 season, Nick saw his playing time increase, which led to his an increase in his production as well. Nick put up 17.4 pointe per game, while shooting 44% from the field, and 39% from 3.

However, the following season, the Wizards traded Nick to the LA Clippers, where he would become a key piece to their bench unit. Nick helped the Clippers reach their first playoff appearance in 6 years. But something didn't click right with the Clippers and his numbers decreased from Washington, and the Clippers did not retain him the next year. He signed with the 76ers for the 2012-13, but again failed to reach the numbers he was putting up with the Wizards. It wasn't until he joined the Lakers for the 2013-14 season that Nick found his 'Swag' again.

Nick Young led the Lakers in scoring, and brought some joy to what was a down season for the Lakers, as they dealt with multiple injuries. Nick averaged 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds & 1.5 assists in 28.3 minutes per game, while shooting 44% from the field & 39% from 3. Nick set a Lakers record by connecting on seven 4-point plays throughout the season. Nick's play earned him a 4-year, $21.5 million contract with the Lakers. His numbers dipped a bit in the 2014-15 as he was dealing with an injury to this thumb on his shooting hand, but he continued to be the scorer he was known for.

Seasons w/ Lakers

Years

ppg

rpg

apg

spg

bpg

mpg

Nick Young

2

2014-2015

16.1

2.5

1.3

0.7

0.2

26.5

Who wore it last: Nick Young

See above.

#0 - Who has worn it:

Calvin Garrett (1984)

Orlando Woolridge (1989-1990)

Benoit Benjamin [00] (1993)

Soumaila Samake (2003)

Andrew Goudelock (2012-2013)

Nick Young (2014 - future)