Thaddeus Young (front) and Nick Young
|No. 21 – Philadelphia 76ers|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
June 21, 1988 |
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Mitchell (Memphis, Tennessee)|
|College||Georgia Tech (2006–2007)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Pro playing career||2007–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
Thaddeus Charles Young (/ /; born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to his professional career, he attended Georgia Tech, where he studied management. He is 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm) tall and weighs 230 pounds (100 kg). His nickname is Thad-Yo or just simply Thad.
Early life and high school
Young was born to Lula Hall and Felton Young in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when Young was in the fourth grade. There he lived with them in the West Junction-Walker Homes neighborhood of South Memphis. His father played basketball for Jacksonville University from 1976 to 1978, and was selected by the Buffalo Braves in the 8th round of the 1978 NBA Draft.
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. Young was an exceptional student at Mitchell who graduated with a 4.3 GPA. Coming out of high school Young was one of the most prized recruits of the 2006 freshman class.
Young was the youngest member of Georgia Tech's 2006 freshman class. Young finished his freshman season with averages of 14.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. He shot a solid 47.8% from the field and an above average 41.9% from the three-point line.
Philadelphia 76ers (2007–present)
In his NBA debut on November 7, 2007, Young made his first NBA field goal at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a 94-63 Sixers' win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Young finished the night with 6 points, 3 rebounds, and no assists.
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. 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.
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.
On March 7, 2010, Young recorded a career high 32 points in a 114-101 win over the Toronto Raptors.
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.
In his free time, Young started a foundation called Young for Youth to help at risk children.
On July 23, 2010, Young and Shekinah Beckett had their first child, a boy, Thaddeus Young Jr. On August 18, 2012, Young married Beckett, his high school sweetheart, in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- 2006 high school boys basketball All-Americans
- 2006-07 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team
- Player Bio: Thaddeus Young, ramblinwreck.com, accessed February 14, 2007
- The700Level.com - Philly Sports & Minutiae: Thaddeus Young, Forward, Georgia Tech, 12th Overall to Philadelphia
- Sixers sign first-rounders Young, Smith, posted July 11, 2007
- Thaddeus Young - Prospect Profile
- 1978 NBA Draft
- Fab Frosh, signonsandiego.com, accessed February 15, 2007
- Tech Signs Four Basketball Players to Letters-of-intent, cstv.com, accessed February 15, 2007
- Thaddeus Young, espn.com, accessed May 2, 2007.
- Charlotte Bobcats at Philadelphia 76ers Box Score, November 7, 2007
- Sixers kick off long stretch with easy win over Bucks
- Durant, Rose among players in 2009 Rookie Challenge
- Thaddeus Young's Game-Winner
- 76ers sharp behind arc to end five-game skid with win over Raptors
- Notebook: Mavericks 124, 76ers 112
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