Thaddeus Young ready to channel his inner Lou Williams if he comes off bench with Bulls
Young signed a three-year, $41 million free-agent deal with the Bulls after spending the previous three years with the Indiana Pacers. Chicago started Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. this past season. Young, like any NBA player, wants to start, but he’ll be ready to play any role Boylen has for him:
“You always want to start,” Young told Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. “But if coach sees fit to bring me off the bench, then, hey, I’ll deal with that and just continue to play. I’ve done it before in my career when I had Doug Collins, who’s actually in Chicago as a special advisor. I played three straight years with him coming off the bench.
“It’s no big deal. You’ve just got to come in and get your Lou Will on. But at the end of the day, like I said, I’m just here to help lead this team, help build culture and make sure we put ourselves in a position to win games.”
This past season with the Pacers, Thaddeus Young averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free-throw line. The lefty is a versatile player who is going to help the Bulls in a multitude of ways in 2019-20.
All signs point toward Young coming off the bench. It’s unlikely Boylen is going to bench Markkanen or Carter.