In the midst of being linked to various trade rumors around the NBA, 76ers forward Thaddeus Young performed as well as he has in his career and, because of it, was named Player of the Week for the Eastern Conference. From December 30-January 5th, Young averaged 25.0 points/game, 7.7 rebounds/game, and a staggering 3.67 steals/game. While shooting an impressive 56.6% from the field, Young led the 76ers to a 3-0 stretch with road wins coming at Denver, Sacramento, and Portland.
Despite being just 25 years of age, Young is the main veteran presence on a 76ers team that has dealt with their fair share of ups and downs. The former 1st round pick has denied at length his desire to be moved to a contender, and continues to put forth strong efforts as Philadelphia looks to be rounding into form somewhat. The team has won four straight games for the first time all season and Young has scored at least 17 points in each contest.
Young is the second 76er to win the award, joining rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams who collected the honor following the first week of the season.