Thaddeus Young

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Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young vs NIck Young.jpg
Thaddeus Young (front) and Nick Young
No. 21 – Philadelphia 76ers
Position Power forward / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-06-21) June 21, 1988 (age 25)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
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
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–present Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards

Thaddeus Charles Young (/θæˈdəs ɑːlz jʌŋ/; 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.[1] He is 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm) tall and weighs 230 pounds (100 kg). His nickname is Thad-Yo or just simply Thad.[2]

Young was drafted 12th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was signed by the team on July 11, 2007.[3]

Early life and high school[edit]

Young was born to Lula Hall[4] and Felton Young[4] in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when Young was in the 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]

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[edit]

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]

College statistics[edit]

College Year GP GS MIN SPG BPG RPG APG PPG FG% FT% 3P%
GT 2006-07 31 31 29.6 1.3 .4 4.9 2.0 14.4 .478 .749 .419

NBA career[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers (2007–present)[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, Pennsylvania in a 94-63 Sixers' win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Young finished the night with 6 points, 3 rebounds, and no assists.[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, 3 pointers made, and games started. He finished the season 3rd in the league in steals.[15]

Personal life[edit]

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[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

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
Career 516 294 30.1 .500 .321 .700 5.5 1.4 1.4 .4 13.7

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 .000 .710 5.2 1.2 .5 .5 7.7
Career 30 12 26.4 .439 .333 .730 5.0 1.0 .8 .3 9.7

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