Trae Young, the dynamic point guard out of Oklahoma, had scouts divided prior to the NBA Draft in June. He posted a legendary first half of the NBA season before tailing off in the latter parts of the NCAA year.
The tepid finish had many wondering how he would navigate the NBA. He started slowly in the Utah Summer League before finding his stride in Las Vegas.
Young’s performance allowed the Atlanta Hawks to advance in the tournament portion of the Las Vegas Summer League. He posted 23 points and eight assists, helping the Hawks overcome a 27-point deficit.
More so than perhaps his shooting, Young’s court vision and snazzy passing has drawn eyes throughout the summer. Playing without fellow NBA player John Collins, the No. 5 overall pick paced the Hawks’ offense and delivered flashes of what made him so dominant in college.
Even though the Hawks are heading for a lean season, they will focus on the development of their core players, of which Young might be the most important. He has commonly been compared to Stephen Curry, based on his size, shooting prowess, and quick release.
Turnovers and efficiency will still emerge as question marks, but Young can also be expected to mature as his career continues.
Like Curry and many other players, like Jimmy Butler and Paul George, not every player enters the NBA as a star. In fact, Curry took years before he turned into an MVP winner. Young might develop at a similar rate.
For Hawks fans, they can take solace in the brief flashes Young has displayed this summer.
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