Sixers player evaulation: Thaddeus Young

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Sixers player evaulation: Thaddeus Young

Thaddeus Young

Position: Forward

Status: Signed through 2015-16 for an average yearly salary of $9.4 million

Signature game of 2012-13
Young’s best game of the season was on Nov. 24, 2012 at Wells Fargo Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Matched against Thunder big man Serge Ibaka and perennial MVP candidate Kevin Durant, Young poured in 29 points on 13-for-23 shooting to go with 15 rebounds.

But every game of the season from Young was a “signature” game. Young’s game is all about heart and hustle. He’s the first one out on the break on offense and the first player back on defense. Moreover, Young was often guarding the opposing team’s best scorer, no matter what position he played.

From Dec. 3 ...
Young has taken on an impressive list of offensive players without a drop-off in production in other aspects of his game. While taking on more responsibility as a team leader -- a role he relishes -- and becoming point man on defense, Young has moved into the starting lineup, added more minutes and picked up his scoring, rebounding and all-around activity.
 
Young has been Doug Collins’ Swiss Army knife that he can turn to in any situation.
 
“We’re asking him to get up the floor and hit on the ball. We’re asking him to blow up pick-and-rolls, which comes from his activity,” Collins said. “And now we’re asking him to get down in the post and play those guys.”

Young in 2012-13
Young established career bests in minutes per game (34.6), field goals (509), rebounds per game (7.5), assists (125), steals (133) and blocked shots (55). Though he might not be the Sixers’ best player, he was the team’s most important player. Better yet, no player on the team took the losing season to heart more than Young.

Prospectus
Young signed a five-year, $43 million deal prior to the 2011-12 season and will be the Sixers’ main building block along with Jrue Holiday. However, there is no other Sixers player that has higher trade value right now than Young. If the Sixers are rebuilding, they could deal Young, but it seems as if he’s set in Philly for the long haul.

On Thad Young …
“Thaddeus Young, and I’ve said this before, is one of the most special young men I’ve ever been around. I used to say that about [assistant coach] Michael Curry when I coached him. The epitome of a guy is a great husband, a great father and a great teammate and that’s what Thad Young is. That’s why he gives us a chance to win every night and he is absolutely critical to our success.”

--Doug Collins

Cousin of Sixers' Ben Simmons killed in hit-and-run accident Saturday

Cousin of Sixers' Ben Simmons killed in hit-and-run accident Saturday

The cousin of Sixers No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Saturday morning.

Zachary Simmons, 21, was struck by a black SUV around 3:30 a.m., CBS New York initially reported. Ben Simmons confirmed the death of his cousin on Twitter.

Zachary Simmons' mother, Monique Steel, said she was told by police that the driver was going at least 70 miles an hour. She also told CBS2 in New York that her son was out Friday for a friend's birthday and was celebrating the night before with his first cousin, Ben, following the NBA draft.

Investigators are analyzing pieces of the SUV and checking surveillance video in attempt to find the driver.

Ben Simmons, a native of Australia, has roots in New York where his father Dave was born. 

St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles earns summer league invite from Dallas Mavericks

St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles earns summer league invite from Dallas Mavericks

Undrafted St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles will play for the Dallas Mavericks summer league team in Las Vegas, the university announced on Saturday. 

Miles averaged 18.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks last season as a senior. He shot 52.3 percent from the field and 88.8 percent from the line, making 142 of 160 attempts. Miles was named the 2015-16 Most Improved Player for the Atlantic 10 and Big 5. 

Miles worked out for the Sixers during the draft process. Last month he left the pre-draft combine in Chicago to attend his graduation in Philadelphia, and then returned to the Windy City after the ceremony. He earned a bachelor's in criminal justice. 

"Getting a degree, at the end of the day, is the most important thing," Miles said after his Sixers' workout. "I just wanted to do it for my mom. Walking across the stage and seeing the smile on her face was huge."

Miles' college teammate DeAndre Bembry was drafted 21st by the Hawks on Thursday.

Sixers have hurdles to clear with draft picks before summer league

Sixers have hurdles to clear with draft picks before summer league

Summer league action begins on July 4 and the Sixers are working through constructing their roster for both Utah and Las Vegas. 

The Sixers expect first overall pick Ben Simmons to participate, but formalities have to be taken care of first. First-round picks cannot sign their NBA contract until July 1. After the paperwork is finalized, he can take the court for his new team.

“We just need to work out all the details and try to get that all taken care of,” president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Friday. “Once that is addressed and discussed and taken care of, there shouldn’t be anything that would hold that process up. We’ll get the ink on paper as soon as possible. I think it’ll be a clear path at that point.”

Simmons deferred to his agent, Rich Paul, when asked about his participation. 

“You would like for a guy to step in there, but obviously there are some things that, me personally, I’m going to have to protect him with,” Paul said. “If everything is good, then we look forward to it. Until then, we’ll see what happens.” 

Paul added, “I think we’ll be OK, but you just never know.”

The Sixers will compete in summer leagues in both Utah and Las Vegas. They will begin practicing in Utah on July 1 and play games July 4-7. The team will then travel to Las Vegas for the Samsung NBA Summer League, where their first game is July 9 against the Los Angeles Lakers and No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram. The summer league in Las Vegas is tournament-style, with the championship game on July 18. 

There is more work involved for the Sixers’ 24th pick, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, because of his international contract with Mega Leks in Serbia. 

“I believe Luwawu is subject to playing,” Colangelo said. “The only thing that would stop him from being available and able to sign a contract is that process of the three-party agreement, the buyout and the FIBA clearance before he can sign a contract.”

Furkan Korkmaz, the 26th overall pick, is not expected to play as he is participating with the Turkish national team. 

“I would just put that as a no, highly unlikely because of the circumstances,” Colangelo said. 

Dario Saric has until July 17 to notify his team in Turkey if he will play for them next season or join the Sixers. Even if Saric makes his decision during the summer league period, Colangelo said it would be “highly or not likely” that he participates because he recently completed his season. There is no new update on Saric’s impending decision. 

The Sixers will round out their summer league rosters with current players and free-agent signings. T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes and Christian Wood are expected to play. James Webb III, who participated in a pre-draft workout for the Sixers, signed a deal with the team following the draft and is expected to participate in summer league (see story)