Is It Time For The Sixers To Bench Thaddeus Young?

January 10th, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
As someone who picked Thaddeus Young as a 10th-round steal in a fantasy basketball league, believe me when I say that it pains me to even float this question.

But as a fond owner and fan of Thad, I noticed a trend of inconsistent performances coming from No. 21 in the past few weeks.

And that's before I started looking more deeply at the stats.

While coach Eddie Jordan's been plagued with questionable lineup decisions for most of the season, one of the only ones he likely hasn't considered may be his best hope of all to save the struggling Sixers from fading out of serious playoff contention before the All-Star break.

That is: move Thaddeus Young to the bench, for the first time since his rookie season.

Before you jump down my throat screaming, "He's the future of the franchise!", "It's all Allen Iverson's fault!" or "You're an idiot!," hear me out.  I've come armed with statistics...some pretty alarming ones.

Towards the beginning of the season, I noticed that young Thad seemed to be having struggles with Jordan's Princeton offense out of the gate.  (And this wasn't altogether unexpected—Jordan himself exp ...

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