Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young
32-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After spending each of the last four seasons of his NBA career as a full-time starter for both Brooklyn and Indiana, Young may be in line for a slightly different role in his first season with the Chicago, where he signed a three-year, $41 million contract this offseason. Young has been a consistently solid scorer and rebounder over the course of his NBA career, and he is coming off a 2018-19 campaign with the Pacers where he averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals across 30.7 minutes per game in 81 starts. He's also slowly added a three-point shot to his reliable mid-range game, as he shot 34.9 percent from deep on 1.8 attempts per game. Now, with the Bulls expected to start Lauri Markkanen at power forward and Otto Porter on the wing, Young will likely be taking on a role off the bench in Chicago for the first time in a while. However, given that the Bulls are looking to be competitive this season and that neither Markkanen nor Porter have the cleanest sheet when it comes to their injury histories, Young should definitely still be in line for plenty of minutes in his inaugural season with the team. His workload may just not be consistently above 30 minutes like it has in recent years. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $43.64 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Thaddeus Charles Young was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1988 to Felton Young and Lula Hall. His father played ball at Jacksonville University and was drafted by the Buffalo Braves in 1978. Young went to Mitchell High School in Memphis and earned All-State honors in three separate seasons. As a senior, he posted an impressive 26.9 points, 13.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.3 steals, and 3.6 blocks per game while taking his team to the Tennessee AA Class final. Due to his efforts, Young was named both the 2006 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year and a member of the McDonald's High School All-American Team. In 2011, he established the Young for Youth Foundation to help inner-city children. You can follow Young on Twitter (@yungsmoove21).

College/International Summary

Young was a one-and-done player before playing just one season in college was very common. He spent the 2006-07 season with a talented Georgia Tech squad under coach Paul Hewitt. His teammates included future NBA players Javaris Crittenton and Anthony Morrow. Young averaged 14.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals. The 6-foot-8 forward was also ahead of his time by hitting 41.9 percent of his three-pointers. The team came together to beat both Duke and North Carolina at home but was disappointing in the postseason. In the ACC Tournament, the Yellow Jackets were knocked out in the first round by Wake Forest in a double-overtime loss. Young led the team with a season-high 30 points on the strength of a 10-for-19 tally from the field. The forward was held to eight points (3-12 FG) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament loss to UNLV as 10th-seeded Georgia Tech was eliminated. Young decided to forgo his last three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declared for the 2007 NBA Draft.

Plays 21 minutes off bench in win
FChicago Bulls
March 10, 2020
Young accrued eight points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 108-103 victory over the Cavaliers.
ANALYSIS
After averaging over 31 minutes per game over the last month, Young's playing time has dipped to under 25 minutes per contest over his last three outings. Nevertheless, Young has maintained a standard league-relevant position over those games, and a top 70 spot over the last two weeks of play. However, the recent returns of Lauri Markkanen (pelvis), Otto Porter (foot) and Wendell Carter (ankle) will likely continue to complicate this situation for the veteran.
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Past Season Summaries
2019

During the summer of 2019, Young signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Bulls. The 31-year-old played in 64 of a possible 65 games, with 16 starts, for the Bulls during the shortened 2019-20 season. The veteran forward averaged 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals across 24.9 minutes per game. The 2019-20 season marked the 10th consecutive season in which Young has swiped 1.4 or more steals per game. He also made a career-high 1.2 threes per game while shoot 35.6 percent from behind the arc. On Feb. 9 versus Philadelphia, Young posted 10 points (5-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes. For the season, the veteran had two double-doubles. The second was against the Hornets on Feb. 20 in which Young posted 22 points (10-18 FG, 2-3 3Pt), 11 rebounds, four steals, one assist and one block in 36 minutes of play. That was one of Young's three performances with at least 20 points. On Feb. 23, Young started and delivered a season-high 23 points, plus six boards and three steals, in a home win over the Wizards. Young had 33 efforts with five-plus rebounds and 13 games with at least three steals. In the six games that Young saw at least 35 minutes of run, he averaged 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.8 assists per contest.

2018

Young had a resurgent 2018-19, setting three-year highs in points (12.6), rebounds (6.5) and assists (2.5) while seeing 30.7 minutes per game over 81 contests. He finished in the league's top 20 in the league in total offensive rebounds (192), steal rate (2.4 percent), steals per game (1.5) and defensive win shares (3.9). In addition to Young's 10 double-doubles, he racked up 10 games with at least 20 points, 12 games with more than 10 rebounds, 12 performances with five-plus assists, 15 performances with at least three steals, and 30 games with one or more blocks. Arguably his best game of the season occurred Dec. 12 against the Bucks. He posted 25 points on 14 field-goal attempts with 11 rebounds, five steals, four assists and a block, fueling a 16-point victory. Though the Pacers were swept in the first round of the playoffs, Young's average of 2.8 steals remained the top mark throughout the postseason. He also led the Pacers with nine total offensive rebounds. During Indiana's four playoff games, Young averaged 10.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in addition to his great steal rate. In what could be considered his best playoff performance of the series, Young totaled 15 points on 13 field-goal attempts, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in Indiana's Game 2 loss at Boston.

2017

Young's second season in Indiana saw his stats tick up noticeably from the prior campaign, as he posted more points, rebounds, assists and steals than he had the year before. He made 81 starts -- marking the second time in his career that he cleared 80 games -- while averaging 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals. Young's finest scoring effort came early on in a Nov. 1 win over the Cavaliers, when he dropped 26 on 12-of-18 shooting. He posted 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting in a Nov. 29 defeat at the hands of the Rockets. Young recorded a season-high 14 rebounds three times and double-doubled nine times. A force on the defensive end as usual, Young tallied a season-high seven steals Dec. 13 against Oklahoma City. He also blocked three shots while posting 11 points and 10 rebounds in that game. Young appeared in all seven games of the Pacers' first-round playoff series against Cleveland, averaging 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks. He notched two double-doubles in the postseason.

2016

The Nets traded Young to the Pacers in exchange for the freshly drafted Caris LeVert over the summer, and he stepped right into a starting role with Indy in 2016-17. Young opened all 74 of his games on the floor, contributing a mix of points, boards and steals for his new team. Although his 11.0 points per game represented a drop from prior years, it still counted as his ninth straight NBA season with a double-digit scoring average, and Young's 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game were right in line with his career numbers. The decline in scoring wasn't a reflection of Young's success shooting the ball, as he posted a remarkable 52.7 field-goal percentage while making a career-high 38.1 percent of his threes. However, Young attempted only 9.3 shots per game while playing more of a supporting role on offense behind Paul George, Jeff Teague and Myles Turner. He still had some fine moments with the ball, as Young scored a season-high 24 points twice and collected seven double-doubles on the season. Young also racked up six steals on three separate occasions. The Pacers were swept by Cleveland in their first-round playoff series, but it was no fault of Young's, as he averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals over the four games.

2015

Young signed a four-year, $50 million deal to stay with the Nets ahead of the 2015-16 season, and he rewarded them with one of the finest campaigns of his career. He started all 73 of his appearances and cleared 15 points per game for the third time in his career (15.1) while experiencing a tremendous spike in his rebounding numbers. Always solid on the boards, Young leaped to a career-high 9.0 per game, pulling down double-digit rebounds on 30 separate occasions. He matched his career high by racking up 16 on Mar. 15 against his old friends on the Sixers, adding 14 points for one of his 28 double-doubles on the season -- another career best. Young 's largest scoring output came Dec. 23 against Dallas, when he shot 14-of-20 from the field for 29 points along with 10 boards, four steals and a block. He was no stranger to crooked numbers in the steals category, averaging 1.5 per game and posting multiple steals in 29 contests. Additionally, Young's 51.4 shooting percentage marked the fifth time in his nine NBA seasons that he made more than half his shots.

2014

After spending the first seven years of his career with the Sixers, Young was shipped to Minnesota as part of the three-team Kevin Love trade prior to the 2014-15 season. He didn't get a chance to settle in for very long, however. After starting all 48 games in which he appeared for the Timberwolves, Young was traded again to Brooklyn for Kevin Garnett at the trade deadline. He went on to appear in 28 games for his new club, starting 20 of them. The veteran forward produced similar stats at both stops, as his minutes only took a modest hit from the trade. He ultimately played in 76 games (68 starts), averaging 14.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals -- a pretty typical line by his standards. Young scored a season-high 29 points as a member of the Wolves on Dec. 16 at Washington, then equaled that mark with the Nets on Apr. 3 against Toronto. He collected double-digit rebounds on four occasions, complementing them with double-digit points three of those times. Young's top rebounding game came early on, Nov. 5, when he pulled down 12 boards in a win for Minnesota against his future Nets teammates.

2013

Young's seventh NBA season was his finest yet, as his offensive game found a new gear while his defensive game looked better than ever. Typically a reliable provider of 13 to 15 points per game, he exploded for 17.9 in 2013-14, pacing the Sixers in scoring. Some of that scoring bump can be attributed to Young finding his long-range game again; he'd barely attempted any threes in recent seasons, but he jacked up 3.7 attempts per game this season, making 30.8 percent of them. Young scored a season-high 30 points on four separate occasions, three of which were double-doubles; he totaled 11 double-doubles in all. Indeed, he continued his reliable rebounding production with 6.0 per contest, and Young even set a career high with 2.3 assists per game. That included his first-ever game with double-digit assists, a 25-point, 10-dime performance Mar. 14 against the Pacers. Always a reliable source of steals, he set a new career mark in that category for the second straight year, averaging 2.1 swipes per game. Young's 167 steals ranked second in the NBA behind only Ricky Rubio, and he set a personal best with eight in a game Jan. 25 against Oklahoma City. Perhaps Young's finest all-around effort came Feb. 21 against Dallas, in which he recorded 30 points along with a season-best 13 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

2012

A model of consistency for years, Young kicked things up a notch in the 2012-13 campaign, improving his game noticeably on both ends of the court while returning to the starting lineup on a full-time basis. He played in 76 games (all starts) for the Sixers while increasing his scoring average by two points to 14.8 per game and setting a new career high with 7.5 rebounds per game, a big bump over his usual five-plus. Young did so while shooting better than 50 percent from the field for the fourth time in his six NBA seasons. The Georgia Tech product recorded a season-high 29 points in a Nov. 4 loss to Oklahoma City, adding 15 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block. That was one of three 15-rebound games for Young, but he set a career high with 16 in a Mar. 2 win over Golden State. Young also became an even more accomplished ball thief, obliterating his previous career high with 1.8 steals per game and racking up five steals on four separate occasions. His 133 swipes were good for 11th in the league.

2011

Young's 2011-12 was largely a mirror of the year before, except that the NBA lockout limited him to 63 games. He averaged 12.8 points per game while coming off the bench for the Sixers, just a hair higher than the prior year's 12.7, and pulled down 5.2 rebounds per game (5.3 the year before) while collecting 1.0 steals per game (1.1 the year before). The one major statistical difference: a career-high 77.1 percent from the free-throw line. Young's highest-scoring game came Jan. 18 against Denver, when he poured in 22 points along with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. He set another season high with 13 rebounds Mar. 5 against Milwaukee, adding 14 points for his only double-double of the regular season. After never recording more than 0.3 blocks per game, Young jumped to 0.7, reflecting a more well-rounded defensive profile. Come playoff time, Young set a new postseason career high in the Sixers' second-round series against Boston with a 22-point effort on 10-of-16 shooting in Game 3. He also delivered a pair of double-digit-rebound games in the playoffs.

2010

The 2010-11 campaign marked Young's third consecutive season averaging at least 12 points (12.7), five rebounds (5.3) and one steal (1.1) per game, reflecting impressive consistency by the fourth-year Sixers forward. Young also improved his field-goal percentage significantly, making a career-best 54.1 percent of his shots -- a seven-point improvement over the year before. That Young managed to do so despite starting only one game and seeing a drop in average minutes (from 32.0 to 26.0) reflects a notable increase in his efficiency on the court. He also managed to stay healthier, playing in all 82 games for the first time in his career. Young notched 20-plus points in 16 of those games, including a season-high 26 on 11-for-12 shooting in a win over Cleveland on Dec. 7. He also recorded 11 rebounds in that contest for one of his three double-doubles on the season. Perhaps Young's best stretch of play took place over a span of 10 games from late February into early March, when he averaged 18.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals. With the Sixers in the playoffs again, Young delivered his first career postseason double-double, posting 20 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1 of the first round against Miami. He averaged 11.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 25.5 minutes played over the five games of the series.

2009

Young turned in a productive 2009-10 campaign for Philadelphia despite being limited by injury to 67 games. Though he didn't quite score as prolifically as the year before, he still produced a number of big games, including a career-high 32 points against Toronto on Mar. 7. That game also saw Young, a master thief, collect four steals -- a feat he accomplished twice on the season. He also finished second on the Sixers in scoring, averaging 13.8 points to go along with contributions of 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Young collected six double-doubles, including a particularly impressive effort Dec. 14, when he scored 26 points along with a career-high 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in a win over Golden State.

2008

Young's sophomore campaign saw him step into a featured role for the Sixers, starting 71 times in 75 appearances and unsurprisingly demolishing nearly all his rookie-season averages. He nearly doubled his scoring output to 15.3 points per game -- third on the team -- adding 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals on 49.5 percent shooting. Young racked up 20-plus points on 20 separate occasions during the regular season, including a career-high 31 on Mar. 13 against Chicago. Though not generally known as a rebounder, he racked up 10-plus boards on three occasions, with his season high 11 coming Nov. 11 against Utah. He had some huge games as a defender, too, twice notching five-steal efforts. Young set a new playoff career high with 20 points in Game 2 of the Sixers' first-round playoff series against Orlando. He started all six games before his team was eliminated, averaging 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.

2007

Young came to the NBA after just one season at Georgia Tech when the Sixers took him 12th overall in the draft, and he it didn't take him long to establish himself as a key piece of the future in Philadelphia. The swingman's rookie season saw him average 8.2 points on 53.9 percent shooting along with 4.2 rebounds in 21.0 minutes across 74 games, but that doesn't tell the full story. It was a tale of two seasons for Young, who played limited minutes for much of the first three months, then was unleashed for the second half of the year. From Jan. 30 on, Young averaged 11.1 points on 57.0 percent shooting, adding 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He scored 20-plus points three times -- all in the second half of the year -- with a 22-point effort on 8-of-11 shooting against Milwaukee on Mar. 9 serving as his season high. Young turned in a season-high nine rebounds on four separate occasions, leaving him just shy of several double-doubles. He made his postseason debut in the first round against Detroit, scoring in double figures in each of his first four career playoff games, including a 15-point, nine-rebound performance in Game 4 at home. For his efforts, Young was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2007
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2007
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers
  • December 1, 2011
    Signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers
  • August 23, 2014
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved
  • February 19, 2015
    Traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Garnett.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets
  • July 7, 2016
    Traded by the Brooklyn Nets to the Indiana Pacers for Caris LeVert and a future 2nd round draft pick. (Protected 45-60 from 2017-22)
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.
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Following the departures of Paul George and Jeff Teague, Young was expected to take on a more significant role in the Pacer offense in his second year with the team. However, offseason addition Victor Oladipo was much better than expected and became an All-Star, while both Darren Collison and Bojan Bogdanovic had solid years as well. That kept Young's production from increasing much, so the 30-year-old ended with nearly an identical line to his 2016-17 campaign. Playing 32.2 minutes per contest, Young averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals. He did, however, see a noticeable drop in his field goal percentage, connecting on just 48.7 percent of his shots compared to 52.7 percent a year prior. The Pacers only made a couple of frontcourt moves this offseason. Both Al Jefferson and Trevor Booker were allowed to leave in free agency, while Kyle O'Quinn was signed from the Knicks. As a result, there weren't any moves made that would lead to a substantial role change for Young. Look for the 6-foot-8 big man to stick in the starting five, with Domantas Sabonis working as his backup. Young isn't going to put up any gaudy numbers, but his contributions across the box score will be valuable in deeper leagues and his solid steal totals for a player at his position are always a bonus. That said, it's worth it to note that Young has shot below 60 percent from the free-throw line in back-to-back seasons.
Young saw his production take a dip last season after leaving the Nets following the 2015-16 season, where the team finished 21-61. The Nets, who had few options on offense, relied upon Young for production, inflating his stats relative to his talent. Upon joining the Pacers – who featured the likes of Paul George, Jeff Teague and Myles Turner – Young’s points per game dropped from 15.1 to 11.0 and his rebounds per game dropped from 9.0 to 6.1 despite playing only 2.8 less minutes per game. That said, his effective field-goal percentage rose from 51.8 to 56.0 by switching teams. With that in mind, it’s important to note that the Pacers have replaced the talents of Teague and George with the much less talented combination of Victor Oladipo, Darren Collison and Cory Joseph. Other players were added as well, such as Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis, but their impact may end up being relatively small. As a result, Young projects to see more touches on the offensive side of the ball, which should result in his numbers seeing a slight uptick compared to last season. He’s far from an elite Fantasy option, but the 6-foot-8 forward accumulated seven double-doubles last season, averaged an impressive 1.5 steals per game, and will probably see an increased role with a secure 30-plus minute workload, making him worthy of consideration in a variety of formats.
Young has flown under the radar for most of what’s been a very consistent nine-year NBA career. The 28-year-old spent last season in Brooklyn, where he averaged 15.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.0 minutes per game. For the most part, those numbers were close to on par with his career averages, but his rebounding made a dramatic leap up from his career mark of 5.9 per game. Young posted career bests in total rebound percentage (15.4%), as well as defensive rebounding percentage (23%), while recording his best PER since 2012-13. Traded to the Pacers in the offseason, Young is now in a vastly better basketball situation, playing alongside the likes of Jeff Teague, Paul George and Myles Turner on what looks to be a playoff-caliber team. Young will step in as the starter at power forward, with Lavoy Allen penciled in an as his primary backup. Assuming his playing time remains relatively constant, Young’s scoring, assist, and steals numbers are likely replicable. However, a reduction in rebounding seems likely considering the change of scenery, coupled with the fact that Young had never averaged more than 7.5 rebounds per game prior to last season. Young has proven to be a source of three-point production in the past, but that part of his game has waned over the past few years. After hitting a career-high 90 treys in 2013-14, Young made 38 the following season and just seven (on 30 attempts) in 2015-16.
After playing his first seven seasons with the Sixers, Young was traded to the Timberwolves last summer and ended up playing there until the February trade deadline when he was traded to the Nets in exchange for Kevin Garnett. In Young's 28 games with the Nets (20 starts), he averaged 13.8 points, 0.7 three-pointers, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 30 minutes per game. The Nets signed him to a four-year, $50 million extension this offseason, so it appears Young will be the starting power forward, playing next to Brook Lopez in the frontcourt. In six postseason games, Young averaged 13.8 points in 32 minutes per game. The Nets are bereft of talent after you get past Lopez, Joe Johnson, and Young, so those three should get a lot of minutes under old-school coach Lionel Hollins, but the issue with drafting Young in season-long leagues is that he's an average producer in every category except steals. Also, if you're using a player like Young at power forward, you'll be missing out on true big men who provide big rebounding and blocks, so take that into account if you end up with him on your roster. You'll have to find the rebounds and blocks somewhere else.
Thaddeus Young came to Minnesota from Philadelphia as part of the Kevin Love trade. The 26-year-old forward spent the first seven years of his career with the 76ers and averaged at least 12.7 points in the last six of those seasons. He started 78 games for Philadelphia last year and provided a career-high 17.9 points despite reduced efficiency from the field for a losing team. He hit a career-low 45 percent of his field goals and just 31 percent of his three-pointers for 1.1 three-pointers per game. Young did bounce back with 71 percent from the charity stripe after converting only 57 percent from the line in 2012-13. While Young may need to rein in his shooting with his new team, he should be a key cog for coach Flip Saunders' offense. The green light from the perimeter may be turned off. Young only attempted 12 three-pointers in 2011-12 and 2012-13 but launched a career-high 229 long-range shots under the new Philadelphia regime last season. His field goal percentage should bump back to his career average of 50 percent, and he should be among the team's leading scorers with Kevin Martin. While Young will not replace all of Love's offensive output or board work, he may provide better defense and enough points to help the team win.
Young put up solid numbers in his mini-breakout 2012-13 campaign. He put up averages of 14.8 points (53 percent from the field, 57 percent from the line), 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks in 35 minutes per game. Those numbers marked career bests throughout the stats board. With the Sixers in rebuilding mode, under newly hired head coach Brett Brown, and with a completely new system, Young will undoubtedly get ample opportunity to shine on both ends of the court, even when rookie Nerlens Noel returns to action. His uncanny ability to get steals at the power forward position will give fantasy owners a competitive advantage in many formats. Young could start the season more slowly than expected due to having to get accustomed to rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams at the helm, as well as adjusting to a new system. However, once the core of the Sixers team gets better adjusted to playing together, he will remain consistent in his strengths that lie in the intangibles he provides – solid field goal percentage, rebounds, steals and the occasional block.
Young was once again a key reserve for the Sixers in 2011-12, coming off the bench in all but one game. Despite his role on the second unit, Young was fourth on the team in minutes played (28) and third in scoring (12.8). He was one of eight players in coach Doug Collins’ rotation that averaged at least 25 minutes a night. That kind of socialist playing time distribution tends to suppress everyone’s statistics, so Young enters the 2012-13 season low on pre-draft ranking lists. What could change for Young this season? With Andrew Bynum acquired via a trade from the Lakers, Spencer Hawes will shift down and start at power forward. Kwame Brown was also signed in the offseason to play center. Young was used almost exclusively as an undersized power forward last season. The extra size the Sixers added this offseason will still allow him to get some time as a backup power forward, but if he’s going to come close to averaging 28 mpg again, Young will have to find a way to push for minutes in the small forward rotation. That will be difficult with Evan Turner and Dorell Wright ahead of him on the depth chart there and Nick Young and Jason Richardson using most of the shooting guard minutes, stopping Turner and Wright from shifting down a position too regularly. We’re not counting Young out yet, but he’s a strong candidate to be a fantasy bust if he remains on the Sixers all season.
Young was one of the Sixers' key reserves during the 2010-11 season, and despite being used off the bench in all but one game, he averaged the fourth most minutes played (26) on the team. Sixers coach Doug Collins asked Young to capitalize on his athleticism and slashing ability last season, resulting in a huge drop in his three-point attempts -- he only took 22 three-point shots in 2010-11 after attempting over 300 in his previous two years combined. His newfound commitment to attacking the rim led to Young posting a career-high 54.1 field-goal percentage for the season. He finished the season with averages 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.1 steals and just 1.2 turnovers while playing in all 82 games. While Young’s drop in three-point attempts takes away from a once promising component of his fantasy game, the improvements he has shown in his efficiency largely offset that. Young will enter the 2011-12 season with a similar role and should put up similar production to his previous campaign’s.
With the exception of playing 2.5 fewer minutes per game last season than the one before, Young's 2009-10 was almost identical to his 2008-09 by fantasy standards. Young's main benefit is that (a) he's a power forward who hits threes (0.7 per game last year) and (b) he's decent enough across the board. Philly traded out Samuel Dalembert for Spencer Hawes this offseason, but Young is still likely to get 30-plus minutes and has some upside as a later-round pick.
Young is a 6-8, 220 pound combo forward with excellent athleticism and good scoring ability from both inside and out. With Elton Brand healthy again Young is likely to spend a bit more time at the three this year. Young saw a big increase in minutes as a sophomore, and responded by almost doubling his scoring output (15.3 ppg) on good shooting from the field (49.5% FG). Young’s rebounding was a bit below expectation for a power forward (5.0 rpg), but with his length and athleticism he should improve on that front over time. If Young wants to move to the next level, though, he needs to start utilizing his long-distance shooting more. He has nice mechanics, a good stroke and he hits the trey at a reasonable clip (34.1% from long range). But he needs to get his 2.2 attempts/game up into the 4.5 range which would yield around 1.5 treys/game. He has that upside in the fast-paced Philadelphia offense, and if he takes advantage of it, he could develop in the Danny Granger mold into a viable fantasy impact player.
Young wasn’t one of the most hyped rookies of last season, but he acquitted himself well when given the opportunity. Playing primarily at power forward, Young shot just under 54 percent from the field and averaged 8.2 points and 4.2 boards in 74 games (22 starts). This year, Elton Brand will take over at the four spot, which will move Young back to his natural position at small forward – and where he could very well win a starting job.
The 76ers selected Young 12th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft and have high expectations for the 18-year old. He is a great athlete that will need time to develop, but he has the talent to make it happen. He averaged 14.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a freshman at Georgia Tech but will likely need a year or two before becoming a full time player. Young will start the season behind Andre Iguodala and Rodney Carney.
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FChicago Bulls
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Young posted six points (3-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt), seven rebounds, four steals, three assists and one block across 26 minutes during Friday's 108-102 loss to the Pacers.
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Versatile production off bench
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March 4, 2020
Young contributed 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 29 minutes during the Bulls' 115-108 loss to the T-Wolves on Wednesday.
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Returning to bench role
FChicago Bulls
March 4, 2020
Young isn't in the starting lineup Wednesday at Minnesota, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Season-high five steals Saturday
FChicago Bulls
March 1, 2020
Young accumulated 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt), five steals, three rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes during Saturday's 125-115 loss to the Knicks.
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Scores season-high 23 points
FChicago Bulls
February 24, 2020
Young notched 23 points (8-14 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, three steals and two assists in 30 minutes during Sunday's 126-117 win over the Wizards.
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