Each week, we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball analysts and see what they have to say.
Running the Give and Go this week are CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter John Finger and CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter Matt Haughton.
Who has been the Sixers' Most Valuable Player and Least Valuable Player so far this season?
Can you have an MVP on a 15-win team? If you can, I suppose it's Thad Young. He's averaging career highs in points (17.1), assists (1.9), steals (2.1) and three-pointers attempted and made (0.9-2.9). His three-point percentage has dipped recently to 32.2 percent, but he's still shooting 48 percent from the floor. And he's grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game. Overall, he's been solid.
Can you have an LVP on a 15-win team? Lots of Sixers have been awful this year. I'll take Young, Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes out of the running. Everyone else can share the award. Maybe they can have a ceremony at Applebee's or something and celebrate with a dinner special covered in congealed cheese.
The MVP? Easy. Thad Young. Part of me is biased because there is no truer gentleman in the sports world than Young. He is as genuine and caring as any big-time athlete can be and that ought to count for something. Additionally, there is no bigger lunch-pail type player in the NBA than Young. Every game he takes on the tough assignments, does all the dirty work and then gives a little more than max capability. And then he never complains, never seeks attention, never beats his chest and takes what he hasn't earned.
Young just plays basketball as hard as he possibly can all the time. On a team that is 15-39 without a player over the age of 25, those traits are as important as it gets.
Meanwhile, Young is posting a career-best 17.1 points per game all while adding the three-pointer to his repertoire of inspired play.
The LVP? There have been plenty of players who have gone through rough stretches this season and given some less-than inspired play. Some maybe worse than others. But on a 15-39 team, why kick a man when he's down? There's not one person on the Sixers who could have done all this alone.
Carter-Williams has certainly been a surprise, while Turner and Hawes have had their stretches of stellar play. Still, Young has been the Sixers' MVP this season. He produces on a nightly basis, gives consistent maximum effort and has taken on the leadership role with such a young roster.
The LVP is a little harder to figure out. When you have a team that ranks dead last in turnovers, points allowed, fastbreak points allowed, points off turnovers allowed and shot attempts blocked, it seems like everyone is at least somewhat guilty of contributing to the team's woes.