Unfortunately for Trae Young, the Hawks have one of the least enticing rosters in the entire NBA, so for a large portion of the season, fans were generally unaware of the electrifying rookie campaign he has quietly been putting together.
Well, that all changed within the last few weeks or so, as the Oklahoma product has been putting up outrageous numbers of late. It seems like Atlanta has found their point guard of the future, and this quote about his confidence confirms that Trae has the PERFECT mentality to succeed in the Association.
At 6-2 and weighing just 180 pounds, Young's height was a major concern for many teams when the 20-year-old declared for the draft following his remarkable freshman season as a Sooner.
But Trae's skills simply outweigh his small stature and skinny frame, and more often than not, he really is the most dangerous person on the court.
Rookie leaders since the All-Star break:— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) March 6, 2019
Trae Young: 206
Allonzo Trier: 114
Deandre Ayton: 102
D. Ayton: 61
Mitchell Robinson: 57
Marvin Bagley: 42
M. Robinson: 22
L. Doncic: 5
D. Ayton: 5
M. Robinson: 78.2%
Zo Trier: 69.1%
Rodions Kurucs: 68.7%
His numbers are a direct product of his Hall of Fame mentality, and Trae has enjoyed a sensational slate of games following the All-Star break, averaging just a shade under 30 points and 9.3 assists while shooting over 47 percent from the floor and three-point land.
And thanks to Young's extended ascension, the Rookie of the Year race will be something to keep an eye on as we approach the final month of the regular season.