Thaddeus Young Wonders 'All the Time' If He's Finished with Philadelphia 76ers

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Thaddeus Young Wonders 'All the Time' If He's Finished with Philadelphia 76ers
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Not only is power forward Thaddeus Young the longest-tenured member of the Philadelphia 76ers, he is pretty much a relic of a bygone era. 

He has played for five different coaches: Maurice Cheeks, Tony DiLeo, Eddie Jordan, Doug Collins and Brett Brown. He has been a part of four playoff teams, including the 2011-12 Sixers team that upset the No. 1 seed Chicago Bulls and pushed the Boston Celtics to seven games in the conference semifinals. 

Most importantly, he is a seven-year veteran on a team with 10 players with no more than one year of experience in the league. And he is no longer sure if he fits in with the new regime of first-year general manager Sam Hinkie

According to CSN Philly's Jason Smith, Young has considered the possibility that these could be his final games playing for the only professional club he's ever know:

"One thing I've always said: Just like upstairs, they put their GM hats on. I put mine on also. It's not just about basketball. It's about me as a player. This is a business, and it's about doing what's best for my family. It may be here, or it may not be here."

Young has played 75 games this season, second on the team to James Anderson. He ranks first in total minutes played (1,228), points (1,366), rebounds (456) and win shares (3.4). Among the Sixers who have spent the entire year on the team, he ranks first in player efficiency rating (17.6).

Like all of the Sixers, Young has struggled to score efficiently. His 45.6 shooting percentage this season would be the lowest mark of his career. He was at his best in the three seasons he played for Collins, between 2010 and 2013, when he averaged 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game on 52.8 percent from the field.

Smith offered an insight on how Young, a Memphis native, will likely spend the last few games of the season:

For the rest of the season at least, Young will continue to play the role of leader and mentor, shepherding and offering advice to the team's younger players like fellow Memphian Adonis Thomas, a former University of Memphis forward whom the Sixers signed to a 10-day contract this week.

Even if he is not traded, Young would only have to stick around Philly for one more season. He has an early termination clause in his contract for the summer of 2015. Until then, it is Hinkie's prerogative as to whether or not Young will return to the Sixers.

 

All statistics courtesy of stats.nba.com unless otherwise noted.

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