Thaddeus Young has quietly been the Indiana Pacers best offseason acquisition after trading their first round pick for the veteran.
The Indiana Pacers knew they were getting a starting power forward when they acquired Thaddeus Young, but they may have gotten more than they expected with his performance this season.
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Shooting, rebounding, running the floor, scoring without needing the ball and playing in the post are all things Young does exceptionally well. That’s a lot more than what your typical power forward gives you.
Let’s take a deeper look at what he brings to the table.
Thaddeus Young made 7 three-pointers last season as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. Through 24 games with the blue and gold, Thad has already hit 25 three-pointers.
With the Nets, Young transitioned into a full-time power forward. Earlier in his career, with the Philadelphia 76ers, Young spent some time at the small forward position. When he was playing the four, he was stretching the floor.
Green has the advantage, like he’s supposed to, but Thad isn’t too far off at all. Draymond Green plays with a lot of pace with the ridiculously fast-paced Golden State Warriors.
Thaddeus Young is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game this season. Last year with the Nets, Thad averaged a career-high 9.0 rebounds per game. He may not wow you with his rebound average, but he uses his strength and athleticism nicely to corral rebounds.
Thaddeus Young likes to score the "old fashioned way" — grabbing a rebound and tossing it up. It's worked out nicely for him so far #Pacerspic.twitter.com/ZBk7mMZ64w