Will The Real Thaddeus Young Please Stand Up?

November 7th, 2009 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
For the second year in a row, going into the season, it felt like every Sixer source and article made sure to make mention of Thaddeus Young and his potential to become an All-Star this year.

(Don't believe me?  See this Philadelphia Inquirer  article from... oh, ten days ago.  And I quote: "Not just anyone can be a star in the best league in the world. But Young is quickly moving toward that plateau.")

Young had done his part to generate the hype.  Selected 12th in the 2007 NBA draft, Young began the season coming off the bench for the first 36 games, but broke into the starting lineup 22 times over the rest of the season, averaging 10.6 points and five rebounds in just over 29 minutes per game.

Thad demonstrated his versatility on a nightly basis, racking up points, rebounds, assists, steals, and even the occasional block and three-pointer (also known as a fantasy basketball player's late-round dream... but oh, just wait).

Young made the typical rookie-to-sophomore jump, bumping his averages to 15.3 points on 49.5 percent shooting last season, while adding five rebounds, an assist, and a steal per game.  He started 71 of the 7 ...

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