Philadelphia 76ers Missing Thaddeus Young's Service

By Alan Gung
Thaddeus Young
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The Philadelphia 76ers most consistent players with in the past few seasons currently on their roster, Thaddeus Young is out indefinitely. The Sixers will need to quickly find someone to replace his rebounding, scoring and defense sorely missed.

Young is out indefinitely due to a death in his family. He’s been out for the past two games and there’s no word on his return.

The Sixers won Friday night against the lowly Milwaukee Bucks, 115 to 107 in overtime. The Sixers surely need Young’s services soon considering they beat the Eastern Conference’s worst team in overtime at home.

Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes stepped it up for the Sixers on Friday. The problem is they’re missing their most well rounded player who happens to average 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Young is also their starting power forward.

Daniel Orton is starting in Young’s place and hasn’t nearly posted numbers resembling Young. Orton scored four points, grabbed six rebounds and dished three assists in 19 minutes against the Bucks. Young is also better on the fast break as Orton doesn’t average as many steals and is a much slower player.

The Sixers will need Young to come back since their next opponent is the league leading Indiana Pacers, who recently dealt with their first loss of the season after going a perfect 9-0 to start the season. Then the Sixers will fly to central Florida to play the Orlando Magic are currently just below the Sixers in the final playoff spot.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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