Former NBA player Nick Young has made a return to professional basketball, signing with the Macau Black Bears. The 38-year-old shooting guard had been a free agent since his last NBA stint during the 2018-19 season when he briefly played for the Denver Nuggets.
The Macau Black Bears officially welcomed Nick Young to their roster with an announcement on social media, stating that he would be representing the team in the Asian Tournament. This move marks Young’s return to the game after a hiatus, and it’s clear that he’s ready to continue his basketball journey.
During his last full NBA season in 2017-18, Young was a part of the Golden State Warriors, where he contributed to the team’s success. He played 80 regular season games, averaging 7.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest. Known for his scoring ability, Young showcased his shooting prowess by hitting 41.2% from the field and an impressive 37.7% from beyond the three-point line.
Notably, Young’s role extended into the postseason that year, where he played in 20 playoff games and was a key contributor in helping the Warriors secure the 2018 NBA Championship, defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
ick Young’s journey in the NBA began when he was selected as the 16th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after a standout career at the University of Southern California (USC). Over the course of 12 seasons in the NBA, he has worn the jerseys of various teams, including the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, and the aforementioned Golden State Warriors.
Throughout his NBA career, Young has maintained solid averages, putting up 11.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game. He’s particularly known for his three-point shooting ability, with a career shooting percentage of 37.6% from beyond the arc. In the regular season, Young has accumulated an impressive 720 games of experience, and he’s also made appearances in 35 NBA playoff games.
One of the standout seasons in Nick Young’s career was in 2014 when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers. During that season, he averaged 17.9 points per game while shooting at a 38.6% accuracy rate from three-point range, demonstrating his scoring prowess and the value he brought to his team.
Nick Young’s decision to join the Macau Black Bears marks a new chapter in his basketball journey. As he steps onto the court for this Asian team, fans and basketball enthusiasts alike will be eager to see how this experienced NBA veteran can contribute to his new squad and continue to display his skills on the hardwood.