By Julie Glass
It’s hard to believe but the Sixers drafted Thaddeus Young with the 12th overall pick in 2007 out of Georgia Tech.
And he played on some pretty bad teams!
Young played seven seasons with the Sixers. He was on the 2013-14 team which won just 19 games.
“We all know what happened in Philly,’’ Young said, via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I was there at the start of ‘The Process.’ We had a horrible season, but I went out there and played my butt off each and every night. It was like bringing a knife to a gunfight, but at the end of the day, I was swinging with that knife.’’
During the 2013-14 season, Thaddeus Young averaged 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the Sixers in 79 games. That was Young’s final season in Philadelphia, as Young was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2014. He was part of the three-team trade which sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Young is now on the Chicago Bulls. The lefty signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the Bulls this summer in free agency. Young will try and help Chicago get back to the postseason. The Bulls won just 22 games last season.
“The Process” clearly worked for the Sixers, as all that tanking netted the franchise Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, two of the best young players in the NBA.
After signing All-Star big man Al Horford in free agency this offseason and re-signing small forward Tobias Harris, the Sixers are projected to be a title contenders next season.