66. Thaddeus Young, PF, Pacers

Monday September 12th, 2016

Young is a no-frills contributor who racks up points without any trappings of a prominent role. Very few plays are run with him in mind—even on a Brooklyn Nets team otherwise lacking in creators. Still Young would turn up 15.1 points per game by knowing just how to take best advantage of random basketball. Some players can work wonders with the ball in their hands. Young does the same by wedging his way into slight openings, scooping up offensive rebounds, and flipping in baskets. Teams like the Pacers value Young because he can work in the space between ball-dominant teammates to turn difficult, unplanned shots into consistent points. Even the most skilled players in the league can run into trouble relying on the kinds of floaters and half-hooks that make for Young’s regular diet. Young shot 52% last season on shots in the high paint, a space on the floor characterized by difficult, off-balance attempts. Somehow, he makes it work.  (Last year: No. 75)

+ Solid rebounder who is particularly elusive on the offensive glass
+ Has a knack for turning up steals. Knows how to use his hands on defense
Doesn’t have much of a go-to game, but doesn't need big role to thrive
Young’s days experimenting with a three-point shot appear to be over

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