Thaddeus Young recorded 23 points (8-14FG, 5-7, 3PT, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, three steals, and two assists over 30 minutes in Sunday's 126-117 win over the Wizards.
Enough cannot be said about how well Young has filled in for the injured Lauri Markkanen. Over 12 games of relief Young has scored double-digit points in every game and is averaging 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.7 assists, and 0.6 blocks. Compared to Markkanen's season averages of 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game it's been a seamless transition for the Bulls. For the little bit they they have lost on overall scoring, Young has brought a more efficient shot selection, better defense, better passing, and less turnovers. The veteran power forward will most certainly be relegated back to the bench once Markkanen returns from injury given the management's unwavering position that Markkanen is the future of the franchise, but Young has been and will continue to be a great spot play as long as he is getting the duties as a starter.