Bulls’ Thaddeus Young gives blunt reason for strong play of late
There are a lot of factors that come into play whenever an NBA player struggles with a new team. But sometimes, all a player needs is some extended minutes to show off his wares in a new environment. The same goes for Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young, who offered a blunt take on his recent resurgence for the Illinois-based squad. Per Bulls reporter K.C. Johnson:
What has been behind Thad Young’s strong recent play?
“More minutes,” Young said, smiling.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 21, 2020
The Bulls did lose their first game after the All-Star break, bowing down to the Charlotte Hornets, 93-103, at the United Center on Thursday. Young was one of the few bright spots for the Jim Boylen-mentored team, recording a strong double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
He also stayed on the floor the longest for the home team, spending 36 minutes on the floor.
After signing a 3-year, $41-million contract with the Bulls over the summer, the 31-year-old Young seemed to be the odd man out in Chicago’s youthful nucleus this season. He struggled to get consistent minutes in the Bulls’ frontcourt early one. Young had to battle for minutes against young studs Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., and Otto Porter.
Now having a grasp of the Bulls’ system, Young has been looking like his old self and has scored in double figures in Chicago’s last 10 games. In 55 games, the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.2 steals, all the while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from downtown.