The Philadelphia 76ers had hopes of making the NBA Playoffs before this season began, but now that seems like it was all a very long time ago. The 76ers have a 24-39 record and have virtually no shot of participating in the postseason. Of course, this is largely due to the fact that Andrew Bynum, who was expected to be the centerpiece of this team, hasn’t logged a single minute for them this season.
One player who can’t be blamed for their struggles and who has actually given Philadelphia a reason for optimism is sixth-year forward Thaddeus Young. Despite the team’s struggles, Young has consistently played well and put up really solid numbers this season; he’s averaging 15.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He’s also shot a terrific 52.6 percent from the field.
Those numbers alone are enough to earn the approval of 76ers fans. However, what has to give Philadelphia even more of a reason to smile is that, despite being in his sixth season, Young is still just 24 years old. As most players hit their prime in their late 20s, Young theoretically still has room to develop and grow at the professional level. Consider that with the numbers that he’s putting up this season and his future with the 76ers seems incredibly bright.
Philadelphia undoubtedly needs something to be optimistic when it comes to their future. It’s unsure whether Bynum is going to re-sign this coming off-season, which would mean they traded their franchise player in Andre Iguodala for a player that gave them nothing at all. Other than Jrue Holiday, Young has been one of the few things about this team that hasn’t been a disappointment. Considering how disastrous this season has been for this team, that’s saying a lot for Young.