Thaddeus Charles Young (//; born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Georgia Tech. He is 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm) tall and weighs 221 pounds (100 kg) and plays the power forward position.
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 career
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 TSSAAClass 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)
In his NBA debut on November 7, 2007, Young made his first NBA field goal at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a 94-63 Sixers' win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Young finished the night with 6 points and 3 rebounds.
Until general managerEd 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)
On August 23, 2014, a three-team trade was completed involving the Sixers, 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 Sixers received Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from Minnesota and a 2015 first round draft pick from Cleveland.
Brooklyn Nets (2015–2016)
On February 19, 2015, Young was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kevin Garnett. He made his debut for the Nets the following day as he recorded 8 points and 4 rebounds off the bench in a 114–105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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 of the season.
Indiana Pacers (2016–present)
NBA career statistics
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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, Lulu Hall, died on November 13, 2014 after an 18-month battle with breast cancer; she was 57 years old.