When Thaddeus Young was a rookie he had to be patient waiting behind Kyle Korver to get playing time. When Korver was traded in late December of 2007 the door opened for Young to become part of the everyday rotation. He went on to make 22 starts by the end of his rookie season.

Over the next two seasons Young would make 116 starts. Then Doug Collins arrived and for the good of the team Collins asked Young to be a reserve. Young obliged and two years in a row he finished in the top-10 voting for Sixth Man of the Year.

But being a starter was important to the Georgia Tech product. After Elton Brand was amnestied in July of 2012 the starting power forward spot was up for grabs. Collins couldn’t deny Young his desire this time around and Young was just too good and too hungry.

Young averaged 15 points and 7.5 rebounds for the 2012-13 season with a play rarely being called for him.

Now in his seventh season under his fifth head coach Young again is trying to prove his worth to the new regime.

Friday night the Sixers beat the Celtics 97-85 and Young led the team in scoring with 20 points.

Brett Brown loves the effort he has quickly come to count on from Young but there is more he is getting from the longest-tenured guy on his roster.

“He has been extremely vocal in team meetings and halftimes and film sessions. He has shown tremendous leadership” Brown said. “He’s genuinely compliant. He wants to please he wants to do the right thing.