For the past few years Thaddeus Young has been the heart and soul of a Philadelphia 76ers team that has had its ups and downs. He is the consummate professional; you never hear him complain, he never gets in trouble and he just goes about his business and plays basketball.
With all of the changes that new general manager Sam Hinkie has made, the one constant is that Thaddeus Young is the most consistent player on the court for the Sixers. With the departure of Jrue Holiday, Young will be asked to pick up the slack in the scoring department along with Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes. But with new coach Brett Brown his role is going to change. Expect to still see Young playing a ton of minutes as an undersized power forward, but he will also see some time at the three.
Most importantly he will be allowed to shoot the three-pointer again, which is something former coach Doug Collins forbade him from doing the past few years. In the final five preseason games Young shot six three-pointers. Adding that to his game will help bring potency to his offensive repertoire. Young is going to have a big year if he remains in Philadelphia all season. He had arguably his best year last year averaging 14.8 and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 53 percent. Expect those numbers to improve because of the amount of touches he’s going to get.
There is a youth movement in Philadelphia. By acquiring Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams on draft night and trying to gather the assets to land Andrew Wiggins in next year’s draft, Thaddeus Young has become the elder statesman for this franchise. It’s going to be a struggle for the Sixers this year, but unless Sam Hankie trades him the one constant you will see is that Thad will be out there every single night giving 110 percent. That’s just the kind of heart and intensity that he plays with.