VIDEO: Nick Young becomes first bench player since James Harden in 2012 to score 40 points

If you didn’t already know, Nick Young can score the basketball.

Last night, in a loss against the Portland Trail Blazers, Swaggy P became the first bench player to score 40 points since James Harden in 2012.

Yes, Harden was still in Oklahoma City when a substitute last dropped 40-plus.

Young’s 40 came in 33 minutes and on an efficient 15-for-26 shooting.

Swaggy P ended the game just 3 points short of his career-high of 43, a total he set in 2011 while playing for the Washington Wizards.

Young, 28, has a player option for next season, though the L.A. native has indicated that he’ll opt-out of his deal this summer in search of a more lucrative contract.

Whether he inks a new deal with the Lakers or not is yet to be seen, though it’s clear that the majority of Laker fans would like to see Swaggy P in the purple and gold for a long time.

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Written by Ross Pickering

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