A simple phone call during the 2013 NBA Draft changed the face of the Philadelphia 76ers franchise for good when point guard Jrue Holiday was shipped to the New Orleans Pelicans for forward Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick.
Holiday was a budding star for the 76ers and the most well-known amongst fans. He was an All-Star last season and led the team in both points and assists. Jrue averaged career-high’s with 17.7 points and 8.0 assists per game. His efforts were strong enough to get him an invitation to Team USA basketball mini-camp at the end of the month in Las Vegas.
With Holiday out of town, the baton is now passed to forward Thaddeus Young.
Young, the longest tenured Sixer on the teams roster, also had a strong performance last season of 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals last season in his first full season as a starter. He’ll have to shoulder the load for the Sixers offensively while rookie Michael Carter-Williams adjusts to his role as the teams new point guard and Noel recovers from a torn ACL.
Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin had the chance to talk with Young about his reaction to the draft night trade, being the new face of the franchise, his thoughts on Andrew Bynum leaving town and what he expects from the team in the future.