Atlanta Hawks: Exploring Historically Good Start for Trae Young

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

While Trae Young’s physical stature might make him look like less of an NBA player than some of his peers, if you watch him play, it becomes clear that he is a premier NBA athlete due to his ballhandling, ability to absorb contact in the paint and supreme passing.

All of Ice Trae’s best attributes were on display in a dazzling performance against the Heat, which was compiled here by the Hawks:

While there many notable moments, perhaps the best was this incredible heads-up outlet pass to Kevin Huerter (another underrated rookie on the Hawks off to a hot start) after a jump ball, leading to an awesome “bow-and-arrow” celebration and ear-to-ear grin:

Young, who is supremely confident, is able to back that up with amazing plays as well as an extremely genial and likable personality. Though a showboating move like the “bow-and-arrow” celebration might be seen as excessive by some, he can also cook guys off the dribble if they try to stick with him on the perimeter, as he did to galumphing big man Kelly Olynyk here:

Though Ice Trae’s three-point stroke is lagging a bit behind his expected levels, it is only a matter of time before Young is hoisting up triples with reckless abandon and hitting them at a stellar clip. Remember, he attempted 8 three-pointers in the game against the Heat and if he had hit only two more he would’ve been right on track with De’Aaron Fox – who outplayed Young considerably in the Atlanta Hawks previous game.

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This season will definitely be a learning experience for Trae Young as the Atlanta Hawks new face of the franchise, but so far, Young looks to be the real deal and has gotten off to a historically good start in Atlanta.