Thaddeus Young Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – JANUARY 6, 2014 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that Thaddeus Young has been named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from December 30, 2013 through January 5, 2014. He is the second Sixer to receive the honor this season, joining rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who won the first week. The last time the Sixers had two different players earn Player of the Week honors in the same season was in 2001-02 (Allen Iverson and Eric Snow).
Young (6-8, 230) helped guide the Sixers to a 3-0 week, as part of a season-high four-game winning streak which began at the L.A. Lakers on December 29, 2013. In three road victories over Denver, Sacramento and Portland last week, Young averaged 25 points and nearly eight rebounds, three assists and four steals while shooting 57% from the floor.
Young capped off the week by scoring a season-high tying 30 points at the Blazers on January 4, 2014. It marked the third time over the past six games that Young has scored 30-plus points after doing so twice the first 461 games of his career.
Over the past 18 games, Young is averaging 21 points on 53% shooting. He has already scored 20-plus points 11 times this season after doing so 12 times in all of 2012-13.
Originally the 12th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2007 NBA Draft, Young is the longest tenured Sixer (seventh season).