Thaddeus Charles Young Sr. (born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Georgia Tech, before being drafted 12th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Thaddeus (front) with the 76ers in November 2010
|No. 21 – Chicago Bulls|
|Born||June 21, 1988|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||221 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Mitchell (Memphis, Tennessee)|
|College||Georgia Tech (2006–2007)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Young was born to Lula Hall and Felton Young in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when Young was in fourth grade. 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.
High school careerEdit
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 (2007–2014)Edit
In his NBA debut on November 7, 2007, Young made his first NBA field goal at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia in a 94–63 76ers' win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Young finished the night with 6 points and 3 rebounds.
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.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–2015)Edit
On August 23, 2014, a three-team trade was completed involving the 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. As part of the deal, Young was traded to the Wolves, along with Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, both then of the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers received Kevin Love from Minnesota, whereas the 76ers received Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from Minnesota and a 2015 first round draft pick from Cleveland.
Brooklyn Nets (2015–2016)Edit
On February 19, 2015, Young was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kevin Garnett. On June 22, 2015, Young opted out of his contract with the Nets to become a free agent. On July 9, 2015, he re-signed with the Nets. On February 3, 2016, he recorded 16 points and 14 rebounds against the Indiana Pacers, setting a new single-season career high with his 22nd double-double.
Indiana Pacers (2016–2019)Edit
On July 7, 2016, Young was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the draft rights to Caris LeVert. On November 23, 2016, he scored a season-high 24 points against the Atlanta Hawks. On December 10, 2016, he scored 24 points and hit a career-high six 3-pointers in a 118–111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
On December 17, 2018, Young was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for Week 9 of the 2018–19 season, marking his second career Eastern Conference Player of the Week award and his first honor since January 2014 when he was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chicago Bulls (2019–present)Edit
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|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|
Young and his wife, Shekinah Beckett, have a son named Thaddeus, Jr.
In May 2011, Young started a foundation called Young for Youth to help at-risk youth and young families.
Young's mother, Lula Hall, died on November 13, 2014 after an 18-month battle with breast cancer; she was 57 years old.
- Thaddeus Young Bio
- Thaddeus Young - Prospect Profile
- 1978 NBA Draft – Basketball-Reference.com
- Fab Frosh
- Tech Signs Four Basketball Players to Letters-of-intent
- Thaddeus Young Stats
- Sixers Sign First-Rounders Young, Smith
- 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 Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
- Thaddeus Young's Game-Winner
- 76ers sharp behind arc to end five-game skid with win over Raptors
- Notebook: Mavericks 124, 76ers 112
- NBA Player Steals Statistics - 2013-14
- "Timberwolves Acquire Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 23, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- Nets Acquire Thaddeus Young From Minnesota Archived 2015-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
- Thaddeus Young Opts out of Nets Contract: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction
- "Player Signing Press Conference". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- C.J. Miles scores 27, Pacers beat Nets 114-100
- Pacers Acquire Teague, Young in Trades
- Thaddeus Young 2016-17 Game Log
- George has 37 points to lead Pacers over Blazers 118-111
- Thaddeus Young 2017-18 Game Log
- Thaddeus Young Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
- "Pacers' Thaddeus Young: Drops team-high 27 points". cbssports.com. January 18, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
...which explains his season-best scoring effort.
- "Bulls sign Thaddeus Young". NBA.com. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
- Thad Young's fiancee Shekinah Beckett: A PlayerWives.com exclusive interview
- Welcome to the Young for Youth Foundation! Archived 2014-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Wolves wear pink shoelaces in honor of Thad Young's late mom