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Philadelphia 76ers Winning, But Sam Young A Non-Factor

Sam Young played a bit in the regular season, but can't get on the court in the playoffs (Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE)
Sam Young played a bit in the regular season, but can't get on the court in the playoffs (Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE)

The Philadelphia 76ers are on the verge of knocking off the top seed Chicago Bulls, but former Pitt star Sam Young isn't factoring into the equation.

Young has played only a single minute in the Sixers' five playoff games so far and while he played sparingly in the regular season, he's seeing even less time in the postseason. He wasn't playing much since being traded to the 76ers, but did see time in 13 of their 23 games since the deal with Memphis.

This has really been a year to forget for Young.

After averaging about 18 minutes a game in Memphis in his first two seasons and even starting more than half of the team's games in 2010-11, Young's pretty much fallen off the face of the earth. He played in only 35 games this season and averaged about ten minutes a game. Because of that, Young averaged career lows in most statistical categories. He also shot well under 40% from the field and really struggled this season.

Young's in kind of a bad spot behind Andre Iguodala. The 76ers also have a similar (but better and younger) player in rookie Evan Turner. I was optimistic for Young at the time he was traded since he seemed to have fallen out of favor in Memphis (which led to frustration), but his situation in Philly doesn't look any better. He had immediately gotten some more minutes, but since then, he's seen less and less.

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