Sixers Must Realize They Have A Budding Star In Thaddeus Young76ers, BREAKING NEWS, Eastern Conference, NBA, News Friday, April 8th, 2011
Regardless of what happens to the 76ers this year, two players have exploded this season and shown their potential of being a great NBA players. One is Jrue Holiday, whom we have talked about earlier, but the other guy I’m talking about is Sixers forward Thaddeus Young.
In the Sixers key game against the New York Knicks the other night, they were being destroyed by New York with no chance of winning when Young put the team on his back and scored 15 of his team high 25 points in the fourth quarter to them back in the game.
Sixers coach Doug Collins said, “Thaddeus Young was incredible.”
He can go inside and score and his stroke from outside can be lethal and it’s getting better. Young is also becoming more comfortable when it comes to putting the ball on the floor.
Young has had potential all along but it’s starting to come to the surface more often. He has scored at 20 points in four of the team’s last six games. I think this young man can be a star in the National Basketball Association.
Although he plays only 18 minutes per game, Young averages 12.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. The numbers seem to be fairly simple to me. His points and rebounds go up as his minutes played go up.
He’s a tough matchup for every team in the league because he’s as quick as a cat, but very strong at the same time. He stands 6’8″, weighs 220 pounds and has the ability to play the thee or the four position. He’s too big and strong for the quick defenders to guard and he’s too quick for the big and strong defenders to guard.
Collins and the organization needs to increase his role and push him to take over games when he’s given the chance. The same is true of Holiday. I don’t want to see the ball in Andre Iguodala’s hands when the game is on the line, I want Holiday and Young to be the go to guys.
As we go ahead, I want to see this team built around Young and Holiday. They’re young and possess the potential to be great players. This organization can’t make the mistake of recent 76ers architects and try to build the team around Iguodala. Iggy is a good player, but he is no longer the centerpiece talent of this squad.
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