|Aside from the Summer League (in which the Sixers/Nets got destroyed by the Jazz yesterday), these days are short on legitimate Sixers story lines. So, to give us something to talk about while Andy and Andre figure out that Andre isn't worth $30M I figured we'd use one of Basketball-Reference.com's cool tools. After the jump, we'll see what players had comparable stats to Thad Young through this point of his career.|
Latest comment: from The Artist Formerly Known As Michael BournI love optimism. Thad is a unique player that can achieve great things if he continues to put the work in. I think we have something special here, and if the Worthy-Carmelo-Dantley comps turn out...
|After speaking with Coach Jordan yesterday morning, and listening to him interviewed alongside Ed Stefanski on the WIP in the afternoon, one thing became abundantly clear to me. As of June 4th, the plan for this team is to start Andre Iguodala at the three, Thad Young at the four and Elton Brand at the five. After the jump, we'll examine what this means in terms of mismatches.|
|This edition of crazy trade ideas that will never happen features a deal with the Sacramento Kings that would bring us a coveted shooter at the two guard, but leave us without a center. Let's take a look after the jump.|
|It's time to take a look back on the 2008-2009 season, and assess how each player performed. More importantly, though, I want to pay close attention to how the pieces on this young team progressed. It's Thad Young's turn today. Stats, trends, highlights and lowlights after the jump.|
|When all else fails, give the ball to Thad. Not exactly what my offensive philosophy would be, but it worked in a big way tonight. Sixers up 2-1. A few quick thoughts after the jump.|
|End of the day, the Sixers are headed back to the Wach with home court advantage in their back pocket. This game was a missed opportunity. This game left me extremely, extremely angry, but I'm trying to keep things in some kind of perspective. After the jump we'll take a look at what I consider some serious, serious flaws in Coach DiLeo's rotations.|
|Two of the "new-breed" power forwards in the league, or two small forwards playing out of position? Traditionalists would tell you that playing guys like this at power forward can work in the regular season, but when the game gets slowed down in the playoffs, it's going to hurt you. Well, when both teams run a "small" lineup out there, so I guess from a personnel package standpoint, they cancel each other out. Will they cancel each other out in production as well?|
|I guess 7 really is their lucky number. The Sixers are now in prime position to not only finish with the #7 seed in the East, but also 7 consecutive losses. You'd think they'd have a decided advantage with both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen missing from Boston's lineup. Maybe they did, but they certainly didn't take advantage of it in their 100-98 loss to the Celts.|
|If the season ended today, the Sixers would finish seventh in the Eastern Conference, their opponents in the first round, the Boston Celtics. It just so happens, those same Celtics will be arriving at the Wach in a few minutes for a 7 p.m. tip. Stats, keys, thoughts and in-game discussion after the jump.|
|All signs point to Thad Young returning to action tonight against the Celtics in the Sixers penultimate game of the regular season. Thad thinks he'll be good for 15-20 minutes tonight, and will also play tomorrow night in Cleveland in the finale. After the jump we'll talk about how important for the team it is that he'll be back on the floor for these two games.|
Latest comment: from BrianSixers are favored by 6 now and espn's computer has them winning. I don't like those odds....
|My casual observation of the Sixers over the past 5 games is that they lack focus, heart, desire and a sense of urgency. One thing I've learned, however, is that casual observations never tell the whole story. So instead of the knee-jerk reaction to Thad's absence, I figured it was time to look at some numbers and maybe draw some educated conclusions about what his absence has meant to the team.|
|Not one but two stories about Thad's rehab today over at Philly.com. The Sixers have Thad doing some light jogging and flat-footed shooting, but they have forbidden him from jumping.|
|Oddsmakers, pundits, writers, fans, coaches and players, I implore you to please, please think the Sixers are dead in the water without Thad Young. Take a look at the stats, take a look at the roster and come to the reasonable conclusion that they are a team to be taken lightly, a team to be overlooked, a team you'd love to see in the first round of the playoffs.|
|The Sixers released the following through Twitter: "Sixers anticipate Thaddeus Young will miss 2 to 3 weeks with a right ankle sprain and bone bruise."|