Young picked for All-Star sophomore team

Sixers forward Thaddeus Young was selected today to play for the sophomore squad in the rookie challenge game at All-Star Weekend. The game will be played on Friday, Feb. 13 in Phoenix. The squads are selected by the NBA's assistant coaches.

“This is a definitely a great opportunity and I would like to thank everybody who voted for me,” Young said. “I'm looking forward to going out there to participate as a representative of the Sixers organization, to play as hard as I can and give the fans a good show.”

This season, Young has appeared in all 43 games with 39 starts and is averaging 13.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.09 steals in 33.6 minutes per game while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor. He has the sixth-highest scoring average among sophomores and the eight-highest point/rebound/assist total.

Young will be the first Sixers representative at an All-Star Weekend Event since 2006, when Andre Iguodala won the MVP award in the rookie challenge game.