Each week, we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball analysts and see what they have to say.
Running the Give and Go this week are CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter Matt Haughton and CSN anchor Amy Fadool.
Does any Sixer really deserve to be an All-Star?
If anyone deserves it, it's Thad Young. He's having an excellent season -- career-bests in points, steals and assists per game, three-point percentage and three-pointers made per game. Plus he's still an excellent defender, and his per-game rebounds are in line with the best numbers of his career. Not to mention that the East -- as Kramer once said about the Ukraine -- is weak. That should help Young.
Evan Turner appeared to be the Sixer with the best chance at an All-Star nod earlier in the season before tailing off. Young would clearly be the only one on the team with a serious case at this point. He is putting up a career-best season, all while hearing his name pop up in trade rumors. The only thing that might hold him back is the Sixers' poor record.
One thing I admire about the NBA is that it doesn't have an All-Star from every team like you see in MLB. Not every team has a true "All-Star," and as the Sixers have seen over the last few years, you don't automatically get one. Having said that, I think Young is having an All-Star stretch, and I would give him the nod. Over a recent eight-game stretch, Young averaged 26.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per contest. Oh, and the Sixers won five of those eight games. So he's certainly proving that he's invaluable to the Sixers. However, I'm not sure Young will get enough recognition to get the All-Star honor.