While the country is getting swept up with Kristaps Porzingis fever, Thaddeus Young is making his case as to why he is actually the best player in New York.
Young racked up his eighth double-double in his last 10 games. Over that stretch, he is averaging 16.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
This season, Young is averaging 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds in 32 minutes per game.
Young's dominance has sort of been lost in the shuffle, between the team's brutal start and Porzingis fever across town. But Young may very well be the best player in New York right now. His 9.1 rebounds per game are the best of his career by almost a board-and-a-half, and his scoring average is his best since his career-high mark of 17.9 of 2013-14. He's just dominating the glass right now, and it's even allowed him to keep the ball alive for this offense (13 offensive rebounds in his last four games). That's big, especially because Brooklyn's defense leaves a ton to be desired, and any more time they can spend on the offensive side of the floor, the better.
There's nothing about Young's game that really turns heads, and it's been that way his whole career. He's one of the steadiest players in the league that continues to go under the radar. Not even playing in a major market makes many stand up and take notice. But right now, he's playing the best basketball of his career, and it could help the Nets stay afloat for the time being.