Hop into the NBA time machine with me back to the 2012-13 season. The Sixers were in their final year with Doug Collins on the bench and Tony DiLeo calling the shots with Rod Thorn having just left the organization. The Sixers pushed all of their chips to the middle of the table in a move that netted them Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson as part of a four-team trade.

Bynum never played in a game for the Sixers, setting in motion a big man curse that plagued the team for the next five years (Byum, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid x2, Jahlil Okafor). The 2012-13 Sixers were full of names you’d likely recognize: Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, the aforementioned Richardson, Spencer Hawes, draft bust Kwame Brown, and Temple’s Lavoy Allen. Some guys you might remember include: Justin Holiday and Royal Ivey. The crew you might not remember? Do the names Charles Jenkins, Shelvin Mack, Arnett Moultrie (Sixers 1st round pick bust), Jeremy Pargo, Maalik Wayns, Dorrell Wright, and Damien Wilkens mean anything to you?

That season, a young fifth-year player put up 10.6 points (5th on the team) while shooting 35.7% from three (6th on the team) on 9.2 FGA, including 3.6 3PA per game. In the five seasons since – as well as four games this season – Young has shot 36.9% or better from deep (excluding the 2015-16 season). In fact, 2012-13 represented his third-worst season in terms of three-point shooting percentage.

Anyway, he’s now available. The Denver Nuggets released NBA Champion “Swaggy P” today, only 20 days after signing him. I initially wondered if Young’s swag had gotten in the way of a good thing; after all the Nuggets are in first place in the NBA’s Western Conference at 23-11. Turns out, it wasn’t that at all:

If you were to insert Nick Young’s roughly 37% shooting from deep to this team and rank him with other current Sixers who are attempting at least four three’s per game, Young would rank fourth on the team in a virtual tie with JJ Redick. Does he play defense? No. Do you necessarily need him to? Debatable. He’s not a perfect fix, but he’s certainly better than what they’ve got, unless you honestly believe Shake Milton or Demetrius Jackson are worthy of significant playing time. You could certainly do worse than an NBA champion with the most swag in the building. Bring him home, Elton.