Thaddeus Charles Young ( born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player on the Brooklyn Nets. 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.
On June 28, 2007, Young was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 12th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.
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 manager Ed 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.
Young finished the 2013–14 NBA season with career highs in points, steals, assists, three-pointers made, and games started. He also finished the season third in the league in steals.
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.
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,
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2008)
Second-team Parade All-American (2006)
McDonald’s All-American (2006)