Well we all knew this was coming, at least Philadelphians did in the slightest.
Forward, Thaddeus Young, wants to start for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012-2013 NBA regular season this time around, and really who could blame him. Young has brought a specific skill set that couldn’t be duplicated by numerous teams that the Sixers played against last season and seasons prior while using Young off the bench.
Young brings extreme athleticism, a very gracious wingspan for his height at 6’8″ (wingspan of 7’2″), and has always been one of the top scorers off the bench for the Sixers in recent years, he’s completely deserving of the wing position for this starting roster. With Philadelphia coming more into the national sports spotlight as of late, all eyes are on Coach Doug Collins as he makes his final selections around training camp after a tremendous off season
There is only one thing in the way of Young’s rise to a starting position, and it’s in the faith put behind young guard Evan Turner. Coach Collins has a lot of faith in the former Ohio State Buckeye to play the wing position in the absence of Andre Iguodala. However, with a lack of good ball handlers coming from the second unit off of the bench, it would be wiser to have Turner lead the 2nd unit off the bench. Also Turner still doesn’t seem to be ready to take the helm and contribute fully to an offense when last season he only averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 assists per game while doing less for that in his shorter career.
Looking forward, the Sixers have the best chances of winning by molding Young into a forward of the future. Young is one of the top players on this Philadelphia roster and it’s about time he starts getting his recognition.
Young averaged 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for the Sixers last season, and career wise his numbers basically duplicate the aforementioned. As one of the most consistent players on a young roster, Young is one of the keys to this fast and “ready to run” sports car like offense that is the 76ers.
Tyler R. Tynes is the Featured Columnist for the Philadelphia 76ers with Rant Sports, Lead Writer covering the Philadelphia 76ers for Buzz On Broad, Radio Host of “#SixersTalk” on Buzz On Broad Radio and the NBA Insider for “4 for 4 Sports Talk with Goddess and Hurka”
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