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Posted at 2:32 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Nick Young with another 360-degree layup

By Michael Lee

Andray Blatche stole the ball at center court, dribbled ahead and flipped an underhand pass to Nick Young. Denver Nuggets guard Gary Forbes stepped in front of Young to cut off his driving lane, and Young instinctively decided to catch the ball and spin around Forbes to make an incredible 360-degree layup.


I get around. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

John Wall started the movement during an open scrimmage at George Mason, but Young has decided to make the acrobatic, high-degree-of-difficulty shot part of his repertoire. Young debuted the move on Dec. 7 in his hometown of Los Angeles, where he did a pirouette around a frozen Lamar Odom before make a layup off the glass. After that loss to the Lakers, Wall said, "I told him that was one of my tricks, and he did a good job."

Two weeks after he his move dominated the highlight shows, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith pulled off the same feat, when he darted inside and whirled around Tim Duncan. Smith was benched for the Wizards' 120-109 loss at Verizon Center on Tuesday for arriving late for shootaround, but Young said that still didn't stop Kirk Hinrich from giving him a hard time.

"Kirk was talking, like J.R. Smith was the originator, and I said, 'C'mon man, you've got to give me some credit,' " Young said after scoring a game-high 26 points. "I thought I'd bring it out. That was for Kirk."

Young may have just reclaimed the move as his own.

(For another perspective on Young, see Kevin Broom's analysis on the Box Seats blog.)





By Michael Lee  | January 26, 2011; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Nick Young  
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Comments

TERRANCE JONES

Posted by: hassanyj | January 26, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Very Earl Monroe-like. I'd love to see Nick go for a slam off that move sometime. I bet he could do it. He's got the ups, if he can get enough momentum on the drive and the defender is in the right spot.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 26, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Damn a 360 degree lay-up and who cares who did it 1st, how about a 360 degree turn around and win some gosh darn road games. How about sharing the ball, how about running some set plays on offense. Has the game come to personal accolades or individual "gimmick" plays from teams that can't win? In the NBA, NBA D-League and NCAA Men & Women. High school and Rec. leagues, it's still only worth 2 POINTS. Seriously, is this worth the lines of a Mike Lee posting? I'd probably be fun if these guys were winning. This is like Ray bragg'n bout the "BOOM BOOM Room".

Posted by: zack9633 | January 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Michael Lee... nobody cares. Why don't you write something about the need to have some changes at the top of this "organization"? let the Wiz PR-Marketing people(who comment in this forum)write about this BS spin move. That's what they are here for... you are not!
TLG=Ted Lose Grunfeld

Posted by: member8 | January 26, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

7.5 for degree of difficulty, 8 for style
and two points for dropping the ball through the hoop dee doo.

This season is turning into a long slog, knew it would be but I thought we'd have Gilbert to kick around for awhile longer.

That trick Seraphin pulled with the shorts on backwards was a hoot though.


Posted by: midlevex_ | January 26, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Seraphin pulled with the shorts on backwards was a hoot though.

Posted by: midlevex_
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:-)

& how 'bout the "organizations'" brand new jersey for Shakur?- bunch of clowns we got here.

Posted by: member8 | January 26, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

We have foolishly overlooked the building excitement regarding the approaching record, road-losing streak.

Posted by: midlevex_ | January 26, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Great story. Nick Young is the best.

Posted by: maejude | January 26, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

This was somewhat interesting, from the Bullets Forever site.

http://www.bulletsforever.com/2011/1/26/1957826/washington-wizards-display-a-lack-of-preparation-in-loss-to-denver

The premise being that the Wiz lost to a Denver team they should have beaten because of lousy defense. I only saw the first half, but it did look that way.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 26, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

You could also argue that Denver wasn't much defensively either (they usually aren't). The Wiz actually outshot them by a FG, and connected on 52%, a hair better than the Nuggets. Denver did hit 3 more FTs by game's end, but the real edge was in those 3 pointers -- 12 to 2. That translates to a 36 to 6 edge in points scored on shots from beyond the arc. Hard to make that up, even at home.

Washington had 3 fewer rebounds, the same number of assists, 3 more steals, 7 more blocks, 2 fewer turnovers and 2 more personal fouls.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 26, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The premise being that the Wiz lost to a Denver team they should have beaten because of lousy defense. I only saw the first half, but it did look that way.

The Wiz, when at their best this season, have been competitive because of defense, this unaccustomed scenario has something to do with the departure of Arenas and Jamison, whose defensive efforts were largely an illusion, entertaining but completely ineffective.

Butler and Haywood were serviceable defenders but with two weak links like Arenas and Jamison in the chain, sound defense - one of the stated objectives of Jordan and then Saunders, was a doomed concept. Nice to see it work on occasion here in Washington.

Posted by: midlevex_ | January 26, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I can't help wondering if the absence of the Wiz' two most dedicated defenders -- Hinrich and Josh Howard -- had something to do with that loss.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 26, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't help wondering if the absence of the Wiz' two most dedicated defenders -- Hinrich and Josh Howard -- had something to do with that loss.

Neither of those guys would have made a lick of difference, it's not like opposing backcourts haven't torched us when they play. Nor is it as if we've been beating winning teams with them and suffered a tough loss without their contributions. We've beaten what, 2 teams with winning records all season? A clear indicator of just how bad this team is- really doesnt matter who is playing, results are the same.

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I have been saying this forever but obviously no one is listening. The guy has a natural fadeaway shot and at 6'7 inches can post most guards. Flip thinks Blatches is his best post player but it's Young. He also could command a double team in the post and thereby allow the ball to be swung to an open player. The NBA game is so easy. Have a player that commands a double team and then swing the ball to open shooters. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL FLIP TO RUN PLAYS FOR YOUNG IN THE POST!!! He's not Rip!

Posted by: ptp09 | January 26, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

A clear indicator of just how bad this team is- really doesnt matter who is playing, results are the same.

Perhaps not who is playing but where. If we could negotiate a way to play all road games at home we'd be good as gold.

Posted by: midlevex_ | January 26, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"Neither of those guys would have made a lick of difference, it's not like opposing backcourts haven't torched us when they play."

I think they well might have made a difference. Maybe not enough to win the game, but a difference nonetheless.

We really didn't play much D on the perimeter. Usually it's been the interior D that's hurt us -- that wasn't great either against Denver.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 26, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Post up Young! Post up Young!!!

Posted by: ptp09 | January 26, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"Post up Young! Post up Young!!!Posted by: ptp09"

So, do you think they should post up Young?

Seriously, though, has Young given any indication of a strong desire to post up?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 26, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"Post up Young! Post up Young!!!Posted by: ptp09"

So, do you think they should post up Young?

Seriously, though, has Young given any indication of a strong desire to post up?

I just think Flip thinks he's Rip and want's him coming off screens. Heck even Grant Hill stated it was easy guarding him because they kept running the same play. He posted it up twice in the Milwaukee game and buried both shots but then never went in the post again. I have seen him do it in a couple other games as well where he buried the shots-heck even one game they doubled him and they swung the ball and they buried a three.
I just think when he has the height advantage Flip should call more plays for him in the post.

Posted by: ptp09 | January 26, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

What is this defense stuff above about? Denver showed a keen proficiency for scoring the ball. They are doing very well at beating teams simply by playing superior offense. They live to score. What defense by KH JH is someone saying would have made a difference?

Please.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 26, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

"What defense by KH JH is someone saying would have made a difference?arryInClintonMD."

Any defense at all?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 27, 2011 12:04 AM | Report abuse

"What defense by KH JH is someone saying would have made a difference?arryInClintonMD."

Any defense at all?

Posted by: Samson151

A healthy Howard might have made a difference, but I don't think KH would have made much difference.

The biggest problems seemed to me to be containing their guards -- something KH has struggled with at times -- and the rotations. Harrington was able to nail those threes in part because he got a lot of really clean looks.

Posted by: ts35 | January 27, 2011 4:15 AM | Report abuse

I am keeping my fingers crossed that JOSH HOWARD fully recovers his game, but this looks mighty like a GILBERT ARENAS "recovery" to me.

I think we might take a #3 in the draft, and trade THORNTON. MARTIN is no answer, but BOOKER looks like he can play some ball there, and LEWIS is great in spots. Good to see TREV getting some floor time. We really need a good feel of what he can do at the three so we have a better understanding of our needs in June.

I would use our two exceptions, JIANLIAN, possibly THORNTON depending on HOWARD's availability to play, and our second to get a decent running mate for McGEE. We need someone there to share the load. HILTON is strictly insurance and bench material.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 27, 2011 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Haven't seen much of TUPOC. Is he hurt?

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 27, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

it was more difficult in the lakers game because the defense was set in half court when he got the ball. In denver it was in transition

Posted by: jefferu | January 27, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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