Over the past few games, Trae Young has proven that not only is he not a bust in the making, but rather he is an NBA superstar waiting to blossom. Young’s entrance to the NBA began with the controversial trade that ended up placing Luka Doncic with the Dallas Mavericks and Young with Atlanta Hawks. The Slovenian sensation has stamped his rookie of the year award, but Young has yet to fall behind with his performance as of late.
Young’s game has often mimicked Stephen Curry’s offense with respect to Curry’s shot-creating ability from behind the arc, but he has shown flashes of being a better playmaker than Curry in college. Now with the NBA season underway, Young has proven to be a star in the NBA showcasing his skills as advertised.
As of now, Young is second in the NBA for total assists behind only Russell Westbrook as he continues to showcase his remarkable passing ability. His 7.8 assists per game are tied for fourth in the NBA with Ben Simmons who was somehow awarded player of the week during the span in which Young averaged 35 points a night, including a 49-point outburst. HIs offensive ability had no trouble transitioning from the college scene to the NBA with averages of 20.6 points and 7.4 assists in the past five games.
If we compare Young to Doncic, Doncic takes the cake here when it comes to who is the better player as of now, but people often cite Doncic’s heroism in the fourth as a foretelling sign of his future brilliance. However, Doncic is not the only one who has got the “dog” in them. Young has scored the most points in the NBA during the clutch time, which stands at 57 points overall while shooting 50% from behind the arc. He is also at a league-high +/- rating of +37 during the clutch, which attests to how valuable he is to the Hawks.
Trae Young has certainly proven that trading for him was not a mistake for the Hawks, but rather a decision that will change their future for the better with Young transforming into a young point “god.” As the Hawks continue to drop games, they seem to be a lock for drafting the college phenom, Zion Williamson. If these two are placed together, they will prove to be scary tandem for the rest of the NBA as the Hawks continue to develop and improve their young cast of players.