We continue our series titled “School’s Out for Summer” where we hand out final grades to the players on the 2008-09 Philadelphia 76ers based on their regular season and post season production this year, as well as a few other factors. Receiving his grade today is the 76ers rising young student Thaddeus Young.
Thaddeus Young was a force on offense for the Sixers this season. Young netted 15 points per game which nearly doubled his average of 8 points per game in the 2007-08 season. He was a key member to the Sixers transition offense, which turned the Sixers around in the second half of the season. Throughout the whole season when it looked as if too many players on the team were playing inconsistently on offense, Thaddeus Young played the role of “Mr. Consistent”. It was rare to see Young have an off night. Young has so many ways he can beat you on offense. He can beat you off the dribble, back you down and give you a spin move for an easy layup, take the ball to the rack in transition, hit the three ball, hit a pull up jumper, and catch a lob for an alley-oop. It is a good thing to know as a Sixer fan that Young will only continue to improve on these skills. The main problem with Young is that he is a small forward stuck playing power forward. Against a taller and bigger defender, it is hard for Young to post up his man with success. You can’t fault him on the situation, but if he is going to play power forward in the future he must get even bigger and stronger in order to be successful.