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Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young vs NIck Young.jpg
Young (front) boxing out during his tenure with the 76ers
No. 21 – Indiana Pacers
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-06-21) June 21, 1988 (age 30)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Mitchell (Memphis, Tennessee)
College Georgia Tech (2006–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
20072014 Philadelphia 76ers
2014–2015 Minnesota Timberwolves
20152016 Brooklyn Nets
2016–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards

Thaddeus Charles Young (born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Georgia Tech.[1] He is 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm) tall and weighs 221 pounds (100 kg) and plays the power forward position.

Young was drafted 12th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, and later signed with the team on July 11, 2007.[2] Young is one of the few players along with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James to average 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 49% field goals, and 30% 3 point field goals over the course of 800 games.[3]

Early life[edit]

Young was born to Lula Hall and Felton Young[4] in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when Young was in fourth grade. His father played basketball for Jacksonville University from 1976 to 1978,[1] and was selected by the Buffalo Braves[4] in the 8th round of the 1978 NBA draft.[5]

High school career[edit]

Young began playing varsity basketball in the eighth grade, and while attending Mitchell High School, he rose to the top of the high school player rungs. His athletic honors included being named to the all-state team three times, being named the TSSAA Class AA "Mr. Basketball" in 2005, being named the 2006 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year and being named to the McDonald's High School All-American Team. In 2006, he led Mitchell's basketball team to the TSSAA Class AA finals against Liberty Technology Magnet High School. As a senior, he averaged 26.9 points, 13.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.6 blocks per game. He was an excellent overall athlete at Mitchell who also excelled in cross country in his junior year.[1] Young was an exceptional student at Mitchell who graduated with a 4.3 GPA.[1][6] Coming out of high school Young was one of the most prized recruits of the 2006 freshman class.[7]

College career[edit]

Young at Georgia Tech in December 2006

Young was the youngest member of Georgia Tech's 2006 freshman class.[1] Young finished his freshman season with averages of 14.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.[8] He shot a solid 47.8% from the field and an above average 41.9% from the three-point line.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers (2007–2014)[edit]

On June 28, 2007, Young was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 12th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.

In his NBA debut on November 7, 2007, Young made his first NBA field goal at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia in a 94–63 76ers' win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Young finished the night with 6 points and 3 rebounds.[9]

Until general manager Ed Stefanski was hired, Young did not play very often. After the trade of Kyle Korver, Young played more minutes and alternated with Reggie Evans in the starting lineup. Young averaged 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 21 minutes per game during 2007–08. His season high in points was 22 against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 9, 2008.[10] He played a total of 74 games, starting 22.

On February 5, 2009, Young was selected to play in the 2009 Rookie Challenge as a member of the Sophomore team.[11]

In game 3 of the 76ers 2009 opening round playoff series against the Orlando Magic, Young made a game-winning shot with 2 seconds remaining to give Philadelphia a 2 games to 1 lead.[12]

On March 7, 2010, Young recorded a career high 32 points in a 114–101 win over the Toronto Raptors.[13]

On February 21, 2014, Young set a career high with 29 field goal attempts, going on to record 30 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals in a 112–124 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[14]

Young finished the 2013–14 NBA season with career highs in points, steals, assists, three-pointers made, and games started. He also finished the season third in the league in steals.[15]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–2015)[edit]

On August 23, 2014, a three-team trade was completed involving the 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. As part of the deal, Young was traded to the Wolves, along with Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, both then of the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers received Kevin Love from Minnesota, whereas the 76ers received Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from Minnesota and a 2015 first round draft pick from Cleveland.[16]

Brooklyn Nets (2015–2016)[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Young was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kevin Garnett.[17] He made his debut for the Nets the following day as he recorded 8 points and 4 rebounds off the bench in a 114–105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[18]

On June 22, 2015, Young opted out of his contract with the Nets to become a free agent.[19] On July 9, 2015, he re-signed with the Nets.[20] On February 3, 2016, he recorded 16 points and 14 rebounds against the Indiana Pacers, setting a new single-season career-high with his 22nd double-double of the season.[21]

Indiana Pacers (2016–present)[edit]

On July 7, 2016, Young was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the draft rights to Caris LeVert.[22] He made his debut for the Pacers in their season opener on October 26, 2016, scoring 11 points as a starter in a 130–121 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.[23] On December 10, 2016, Young hit a career-high six three-pointers while getting 24 points and nine rebounds in a 118–111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Philadelphia 74 22 21.0 .539 .316 .738 4.2 .8 1.0 .1 8.2
2008–09 Philadelphia 75 71 34.4 .495 .341 .735 5.0 1.1 1.3 .3 15.3
2009–10 Philadelphia 67 45 32.0 .470 .348 .691 5.2 1.4 1.2 .2 13.8
2010–11 Philadelphia 82 1 26.1 .541 .273 .707 5.3 1.0 1.1 .3 12.7
2011–12 Philadelphia 63 1 27.9 .507 .250 .771 5.2 1.2 1.0 .7 12.8
2012–13 Philadelphia 76 76 34.6 .531 .125 .574 7.5 1.6 1.8 .7 14.8
2013–14 Philadelphia 79 78 34.4 .454 .308 .712 6.0 2.3 2.1 .5 17.9
2014–15 Minnesota 48 48 33.4 .451 .292 .682 5.1 2.8 1.8 .4 14.3
2014–15 Brooklyn 28 20 29.6 .495 .380 .606 5.9 1.4 1.4 .3 13.8
2015–16 Brooklyn 73 73 33.0 .514 .233 .644 9.0 1.8 1.5 .5 15.1
2016–17 Indiana 74 74 30.2 .527 .381 .523 6.1 1.6 1.5 .4 11.0
2017–18 Indiana 81 81 32.2 .487 .320 .598 6.3 1.9 1.7 .4 11.8
Career 820 590 30.7 .499 .326 .675 5.9 1.6 1.5 .4 13.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Philadelphia 6 6 26.7 .480 .200 .857 4.5 .7 1.2 .0 10.2
2009 Philadelphia 6 6 38.2 .449 .417 .833 4.5 1.3 1.0 .2 12.0
2011 Philadelphia 5 0 25.4 .417 .000 .583 5.8 .8 .8 .2 11.4
2012 Philadelphia 13 0 21.3 .429 .710 5.2 1.2 .5 .5 7.7
2015 Brooklyn 6 6 31.7 .439 .000 .417 7.2 2.7 .8 .2 10.5
2017 Indiana 4 4 35.0 .538 .250 .500 9.0 2.5 2.0 .3 12.0
2018 Indiana 7 7 33.9 .600 .286 .385 7.6 1.4 1.7 .9 11.3
Career 47 29 28.9 .470 .273 .622 6.0 1.4 1.0 .4 10.2

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Georgia Tech 31 31 29.6 .478 .419 .749 4.9 2.0 1.3 .4 14.4

Personal life[edit]

Young and his wife, Shekinah Beckett, have a son named Thaddeus, Jr.[25]

In May 2011, Young started a foundation called Young for Youth to help at-risk youth and young families.[26]

Young's mother, Lula Hall, died on November 13, 2014 after an 18-month battle with breast cancer; she was 57 years old.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Thaddeus Young Bio
  2. ^ Sixers Sign First-Rounders Young, Smith
  3. ^ "Say what? Thaddeus Young joins exclusive club with Jordan, Magic, Bird and LeBron?". Cbssports.com. CBS sports. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Thaddeus Young - Prospect Profile
  5. ^ 1978 NBA Draft – Basketball-Reference.com
  6. ^ Fab Frosh
  7. ^ Tech Signs Four Basketball Players to Letters-of-intent
  8. ^ a b Thaddeus Young Stats
  9. ^ Charlotte Bobcats at Philadelphia 76ers Box Score, November 7, 2007
  10. ^ Sixers kick off long stretch with easy win over Bucks
  11. ^ Durant, Rose among players in 2009 Rookie Challenge Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Thaddeus Young's Game-Winner
  13. ^ 76ers sharp behind arc to end five-game skid with win over Raptors
  14. ^ Notebook: Mavericks 124, 76ers 112
  15. ^ NBA Player Steals Statistics - 2013-14
  16. ^ "Timberwolves Acquire Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 23, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ Nets Acquire Thaddeus Young From Minnesota Archived 2015-02-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Nets hold off Lakers' late rally for 114-105 win
  19. ^ Thaddeus Young Opts out of Nets Contract: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction
  20. ^ "Player Signing Press Conference". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  21. ^ C.J. Miles scores 27, Pacers beat Nets 114-100
  22. ^ Pacers Acquire Teague, Young in Trades
  23. ^ Mavericks vs. Pacers – Box Score
  24. ^ George has 37 points to lead Pacers over Blazers 118-111
  25. ^ Thad Young's fiancee Shekinah Beckett: A PlayerWives.com exclusive interview
  26. ^ Welcome to the Young for Youth Foundation! Archived 2014-08-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ Wolves wear pink shoelaces in honor of Thad Young's late mom

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