With Kobe Bryant out Indefinitely, Lakers Can Only Embrace the Swaggy P Show

It'd be easy to consider Kobe Bryant's prolonged absence detrimental to the Los Angeles Lakers' entertainment value, but the simultaneously delightful and enraging stylings of Nick Young should help fill the Purple and Gold's Mamba-shaped void throughout the season's second stanza. 

According to the Lakers, Bryant will go under the knife Wednesday to repair his torn rotator cuff: 

So with Kobe's participation the rest of the way out of the question, per ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, the door has opened for another high-volume, low-efficiency connoisseur to procure buckets for the stumbling Lakers.

According to ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes, that's exactly what Young plans on doing: 

Although Bryant's and Young's personalities couldn't be on more opposite ends of the spectrum, they share a bit of interesting statistical space. 

Not only are Bryant and Young shooting an identical 37.3 percent from the field, but they're two of five players jacking at least 10 shots per game while knocking down fewer than 38 percent of their total looks, according to Basketball-Reference.com. 

And while Young has bested Bryant by roughly 10 percent when it comes to three-point conversion rates, Swaggy P has been horribly inefficient inside of the arc, according to Grantland's Zach Lowe: 

A mid-range nightmare, Young's been incapable of developing any semblance of consistency in his off-the-dribble endeavors. 

His shot chart, courtesy of NBA.com, provides some alarming visual confirmation:  

Diving deeper, Young's drained a respectable 45.5 percent of his shots off of zero dribbles, including 41.7 percent of his triples, according to SportVU player-tracking data. 

However, once the rock hits the hardwood, results become problematic for an offense that's posted an identical offens...

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