Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young has reached the point where he can be counted on for an automatic 25 points a night at the age of 21. That rare ability to score the basketball has finally been awarded in the appropriate manner, as he was named an All-Star in just his second NBA season -- and a starter, no less. Upon learning he would share the same stage as the likes of LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Young broke down and came close to crying.
Young is averaging an astounding 29.2 points per game, along with a solid 4.7 boards per contest and 8.6 assists per game, the latter of which ranks fourth in the league.
Some might object to Young being in the starting lineup for an All-Star Game due to how bad the Hawks have been this year, but that record is hardly the star point guard's fault. If anything, the fact that he's put up such numbers without a consistent No. 2 scoring option alongside him is all the more impressive.
Young's Hawks might be sputtering this season, but his individual performance shouldn't be overshadowed by a lack of team success. Young will be here for the next decade or more making big plays and getting buckets, and this should be the first of many trips to All-Star Weekend.