Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young has been nominated for an award that honors the Teammate of the Year in the NBA.
Thaddeus Young is an Indiana Pacers captain. He is a consummate professional. And now, he is being recognized for his comradery as a teammate.
Today, the NBA (Jamal Crawford, specifically) announced the nominees for the NBA’s Twyman Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. There are 12 nominees, and among them is none other than Thaddeus Young:
There is literally nobody on this Pacers team more deserving than Young. All season long, he has been the guy who is hyping up teammates in huddles. He is always willing to talk in the locker room. After the devastating injury to Victor Oladipo, Young rallied the troops. We call him the glue guy for his play on the court, but he represents the same glue off the court for the team.
He is crucial to the success of the squad off the court, and that is why he is nominated for an award that celebrates “Selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to the team.”
That’s about the perfect description of Thaddeus Young and his role with the Indiana Pacers.
The award has only been around since 2012 when Chauncey Billups won it for the inaugural time. No Pacer has ever won it, but Young has a huge chance. Al Jefferson finished 11th in 2017. David West was a nominee in 2013-14, he also finished 11th. Roy Hibbert was a nominee for the Pacers in the awards’ inaugural year.
I’m biased, but I think Thad should win the thing. Being around the team has shown me the effect that Young has on everyone else. He is a pro’s pro worthy of winning the Teammate of the Year Award.