Nick Young has officially maxed out on swag.
The 29-year-old Los Angeles Lakers forward, who bills himself as "Swaggy P" because he says God gave him the nickname in a dream, said something so outrageous that even he will have problems topping it.
Young's teammate Kobe Bryant this week became the first player in NBA history to tally at least 6,000 assists and 30,000 points. Those numbers got the wheels turning in Young's head. If Bryant could record 30,000 points through 20 seasons, what's the limit for Swaggy P?
His answer may surprise you:
Nick Young on Kobe: "I think he got some potential. On my 20th year, I’ll probably have 46,000 points or something like that."
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 1, 2014
It's unclear if Young said this with a straight face, but for argument's sake we'll assume he did.
Not only would that make Young the NBA's all-time leading scorer, it wouldn't even be close. Young would first have to shatter Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's mark of 38,387 points.
Nick Schwartz of For the Win did the math, and it's predictably laughable. Young has scored 5,952 points through eight seasons, meaning he would need to average 38.1 points per 82 games in the next twelve seasons to get to 46,000. Wilt Chamberlain is the only player to average more than 38 points in a single season (he did it three times) and the last player to top 37 was Michael Jordan (who averaged 37.1 points in 1986-87).
As long as Bryant and Young are on the same team, Young would be hard-pressed to average half of that figure. Young's career high was the 17.9 points he averaged last season, when Bryant played just six games
According to ESPN's controversial NBA rankings, Young isn't even in the top 100 players in the league. Young, however, did have some problems with this evaluation:
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 1, 2014
Idc there not a 149 ppl better then me in this league #ESPNHigh
— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) October 7, 2014
Amazingly, this outlandish prediction isn't the most regrettable thing Young has ever said or done. After all, this happened last year: