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Nick Young tweets 'a bench is important' after Warriors lose NBA Finals

Nick Young tweets 'a bench is important' after Warriors lose NBA Finals

From Swaggy P to Salty P. 

Nick Young took a shot at the Warriors' bench with a tweet after Golden State lost to Toronto in the NBA Finals on Thursday night. 

The injury-plagued Warriors had a tough time finding scoring from their bench in The Finals when they were taken down by the Raptors in six games. In their 114-110 season-ending loss in Game 6, the Warriors' bench was outscored 37-20 by Toronto's reserves.

Over the six-game series, the Raptors' bench outpaced the Warriors by 18 points, scoring 166 points to Golden State's 148.

Young played in 80 regular-season games for the Warriors last season -- starting eight -- and 20 playoff games when the Warriors won their second straight title. He averaged 7.3 points per game in the regular season and 9.1 in the playoffs. 

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But the Warriors didn't re-sign Young in the offseason and he wasn't picked up by another team until he caught on with the Nuggets in December. He lasted just four games with Denver, averaging 2.3 points over 9.3 minutes per game.

Ex-Warrior David West laughs at Nick Young's tweet about Patrick McCaw

Ex-Warrior David West laughs at Nick Young's tweet about Patrick McCaw

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Shortly after the Toronto Raptors punched their ticket to the NBA Finals on Saturday night, Patrick McCaw took to Twitter:

Some Warriors fans out there might be saying themselves: "Wait. Patrick McCaw is on the Raptors?!"

Former Golden State guard Nick Young didn't forget this fact because he actually posted a tweet about 35 minutes before McCaw:

This was very amusing to former Dubs big man David West:

In case you forgot -- the Warriors paid the Milwaukee Bucks $2.4 million for the rights to McCaw in the 2016 NBA Draft.

After two seasons with Golden State, he decided he didn't want to play for the franchise anymore. And as a restricted free agent, he was able to force his way out when the Dubs didn't match the offer sheet he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in early January:

McCaw ended up signing with the Raptors and appeared in 26 games. The 23-year old hasn't been able to carve out much of a role and is currently not in Toronto's rotation.

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It will be interesting to see what kind of reception McCaw gets when the NBA Finals shift to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4.

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Watch Draymond Green give Nick Young his 2018 NBA championship ring

Watch Draymond Green give Nick Young his 2018 NBA championship ring

After waiting 301 days, Nick Young finally has his ring. 

The free-agent forward known as Swaggy P -- who also gave himself the "Swag Champ" moniker -- received his 2018 NBA championship ring from former Warriors teammate Draymond Green in a pregame ceremony Friday. Golden State hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers, the same team it swept in the 2018 NBA Finals. 

In a fashion truly befitting of Young, the Warriors received a delay-of-game warning from referee Ken Mauer after the ceremony took too long. 

Young signed a one-year deal with the Warriors ahead of the 2017-18 season, carrying the recommendation of Los Angeles Lakers head coach (and former Warriors assistant) Luke Walton as Golden State sought 3-point shooting off the bench. In 80 regular-season games with the Warriors, Young shot 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and averaged 7.3 points in 17.4 minutes per game. 

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But Young shot just 29.8 percent from 3-point range in 20 playoff games, and only played 10.3 minutes per contest. He did play well against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, making 36.8 percent of his 3-pointers, including one shot in particular that coach Steve Kerr said was the biggest in the Warriors' Game 7 win in Houston. Young also enjoyed the title as much as any of his teammates, walking shirtless off of the Warriors' plane and ultimately getting a tattoo of the Larry O'Brien trophy on his neck.

Now, he has the jewelry to match.