Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks has been on fire the past couple of weeks and the ‘young’ star is proving to everyone that his name will not be forgotten.
If you’ve been following the lazy, then we all know about the famous switch that happened in the draft between the Mavericks and the Hawks, so I won’t recap on that. The first flower to bloom was Luka, but Trae’s recent scoring has made everyone take note.
Atlanta’s offense has been continuously rising and they delivered an epic performance on Friday night in a quadruple-overtime game that resulted in the third-highest scoring game in NBA history. Trae Young produced 49 points, 16 assists, and 8 rebounds, becoming just the fourth rookie ever to post 45 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds. He would join Michael Jordan (twice), Earl Monroe and Oscar Robertson in this exclusive scoring club. Young also became the fourth rookie since the ABA-NBA merger to score 35 or more points in at least three straight games, joining Bernard King, Michael Jordan, and Allen Iverson. And on that same Friday night, Young scored or assisted on 86 points, the most in a game by a rookie in NBA history.
Looking back at the Hawks, this franchise is quite good at winning. Prior to last season, they’ve made the Playoffs for 10 consecutive years. But have never been able to reach the NBA Finals due to a lack of star power. The Hawks are positioned 12 in the East (22-42) and could easily join the bandwagon in tanking like all the others. But with a special piece like Trae, this team is far from it, and that’s refreshing!
Catch you Thursday.