After starting out 3-0, the Philadelphia 76ers have dropped four of their last five games, but they are still playing an exciting brand of basketball. They are getting up and down the floor, playing aggressively and putting points on the board. New coach Brett Brown has these guys playing hard and playing well above expectations as they were projected for only 17 wins this season. They are also receiving breakout years from Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten.
That said, one guy who has been extremely inconsistent is Thaddeus Young. He has scored less than 10 points in three of the eight games so far this year. To put that in perspective, he only did that 10 times the entire year last season. He is averaging 14.6 points, but that is skewed because he has only really had a couple of good games. He is only averaging 5.9 rebounds after averaging 7.5 last season.
More is needed out of a guy like Thad simply because the Sixers don’t have much else. If your bench consists of guys like Darius Morris and Lavoy Allen and they are logging heavy minutes, your starters need to step up that much more.
Young needs to be closer to 18-20 points per game when the bench is only averaging about 20 points per game. They also need more out of him on the defensive end of the floor because the rest of the group struggles. Last night marked the seventh game in eight contests that the Sixers allowed 100-plus points.
Lastly, Young is pretty much the only guy on the roster that it would be difficult for GM Sam Hinkie to trade. He still has two years and over $19 million on his contract after this season is over. So while the Sixers are rebuilding, Young will likely be a part of it by default. This team has been fun to watch so far, but they could be even better if Thad can give them more consistent and more frequent production.