Thaddeus Young Show Begins for Philadelphia 76ers After Eventful NBA Trade Deadline

By Cody Williams
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The Philadelphia 76ers were the most active team at the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline as they pulled off a bevy of moves, including the biggest deal of the deadline that sent Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger. The Sixers also acquired Byron Mullens, Earl Clark, Henry Sims and a heap of second-round picks while sending out Spencer Hawes as well.

Friday night’s contest against the Dallas Mavericks was the Sixers first time taking the floor without the pieces they sent out. Philly was also playing without all of the players they acquired at the deadline, leaving them right in the tank-underworld that they want to be in for the rest of the season against the Mavs.

While the 76ers fell in a decisive 124-112 victory for Dallas, the Sixers saw their future for the last two months of the season. Sure, there are going to be plenty more losses to follow Friday night’s, but Philadelphia is also about to see the Thaddeus Young show over the last two months of the year.

In the loss to the Mavs, Young had a ridiculous line as he put up 30 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and seven steals. Young’s 12-29 shooting wasn’t particularly impressive, but his overall effectiveness was evidence.

There was plenty of speculation that Young would join Hawes and Turner as players to be dealt at the deadline, but that never happened. However, with the Sixers essentially trying to clear their books for free agency this summer, they’ll likely look to deal Young this summer to open up more space on the cap. That makes these next two months important to boost Young’s already high trade value for the Sixers in a potential trade.

Young has continued to be a productive player as he has been over his 6.5 years in the league. Now he’s going to be the alpha-dog and has the ability to put up some crazy numbers. He gave us all a glimpse of that on Friday night and should have the opportunity to continue along the same lines. We’ll see how that affects his value this summer if he can continue playing at such a proficient pace.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

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