Thaddeus Young was selected with the 12th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers after spending only one year at Georgia Tech. Upon entering the NBA, Young has seen his minutes increase and has become an important sixth man for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010-11.
In the following slides are three reasons as to why the Philadelphia 76ers must do all they can to make sure Young remains with the team for some more time. He is currently a restricted free-agent meaning that the 76ers can match any offer he receives during free-agency.
The question is, what team or teams would be willing to make a significant offer for Young?
Thaddeus Young has put up decent numbers during his four years in Philadelphia, most recently playing off the bench. However, should he be a starter? He can play at the power forward spot, even though Elton Brand is the starter for the immediate future.
Would it be possible for head coach Doug Collins to play Young and Brand in the frontcourt depending on the matchup as compared to the usual tandem of Brand and Spencer Hawes (another restricted free-agent candidate)?
Young played behind Elton Brand at the power forward spot, but can spot minutes at the small forward spot also. If he is able to play at both positions on a somewhat consistent basis, it should allow the coaching staff to design plays for Young.
Young can shoot the jump shot, post up a smaller player or use his quickness to take the defender of the dribble. He has shown that he has the ability to do this.
This is an area that the 76ers should take advantage of more, as it will come in handy as the 2011-12 NBA season comes along.
When free-agency begins, teams will be looking to reel in players available on the open market either by signing them outright, or through a trade if needed. For restricted free-agents, teams may be willing to throw big money at them in order to dissuade their previous teams from matching any offers made on the open market.
Young could be a star in the making and just needs an opportunity to start and play steady minutes in order to show his skills. However, the Philadelphia 76ers seem keen on bringing him back in hopes of eventually offering him a bigger role on the team. Once Elton Brand’s contract expires, things could change in Young’s favor, but that is assuming he is still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.