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Young is taking full advantage of Philly's lack of talent.
Seeing Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes moved at the trade deadline was really no surprise. It sounded like Philadelphia was looking to move some of their bigger names, but one person who was also rumored to potentially be sent somewhere else remained.
That man was Thaddeus Young.
Philly.com's Bob Cooney heard from Young following the trade deadline, and it appeared as though Young might have felt left out. Here's what the power forward had to say:
Certain things don't always happen in your favor or it doesn't happen the way everybody else thinks it should play out. It's been a very tough year so far, but you try to make the best of the situation.
Well, if Young's game since the deadline is what making the best of the situation is, then it's been an absolute pleasure to see.
He has averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 4.5 steals and is shooting 46.2 percent from the field. You don't have to look twice to see how ridiculous those numbers are.
Young is easily the best and most talented player on the Sixers roster. The lack of depth is going to allow him to be the No. 1 guy and essentially do whatever he wants on the court. He probably won't continue to average exactly what he has since the trade deadline, but it wouldn't be surprising at all to see them remain pretty close.
Young is a great player in a bad situation. It's the perfect recipe for big numbers.