Prior to the NBA draft, Trae Young was often compared to a two time NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The similarity was often around the ability of Young being able to shot from pretty much anywhere on the floor, create opportunities for himself or either his teammates.
Even though he had a slow start into the season, Young has picked it up in the last couple of weeks and has become a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate behind Luka Doncic. In recent weeks he proved he can do various things on the floor for his team, either if it’s scoring 40 points or dishing over 10 assists and getting his teammates in the position to score. In a recent game against the Chicago Bulls, Young exploded for 48 points and 16 assists which was a sign the Atlanta Hawks didn’t make a mistake when they drafted him.
After the All-Star break, Young is averaging an astonishing 29 points and 9 assists per game shooting really well from the field. Young is feeling confident about the decisions he is making out there on the floor and the comments many NBA experts made about his lack of size are thrown out of the window at this stage.
“You can say what you want to about size, but when you’re the most dangerous person on the court, it doesn’t matter. Size was never a factor growing up. College, I faced the same criticism. In the NBA, same thing.”
In regards to the Rookie of the Year battle between him and Luka Doncic, Young is aware he needed a few months to adapt to the NBA which resulted in games where his shooting wasn’t on a very high level.
“It wasn’t [unfair], especially the first month. I wasn’t shooting well, but I still was making plays, averaging eight dimes, distributing the ball. I kind of laughed at it. I knew things would turn eventually. I told everybody at the beginning of the year that.”
There are still 16 games in the regular season and if Young remains the same mentality in terms of effectively shooting the ball and making plays for his teammates, he might even have a chance to challenge Luka Doncic as the best rookie this year. Nevertheless, Young is proving his doubters wrong and we might see even more dominant performances from him this season.