Atlanta Hawks: 2018-19 Season in Review for Trae Young

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Initial Expectations

Young came into the league after a strong season at Oklahoma University where he led his team to the NCAA tournament. After losing in the first round, he shortly declared for the NBA Draft.

The Atlanta Hawks traded for Young, expecting him to develop into a franchise player and building block for years to come. In addition to becoming the face of the franchise general manager, Travis Schlenk envisioned Young, Kevin Huerter and John Collins to be similar to the Golden State Warriors.

During his single season at Oklahoma University, he averaged 27.4 points, 8.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 36 percent from three. After being drafted, many doubted whether or not Young’s skills would transfer to the NBA game.

In the midst of a good season at Oklahoma, it was obvious that he struggled in the Big 12 and NCAA tournament play.

During summer league Young played relatively well and struggled to adjust at first but it was clear that he could play in the NBA. Entering the season the rookie was slated to compete for the starting role against Lin which was short lived.

Coming into the season it was clear that he was expected to produce and prove why he was worthy of being selected fifth overall.

Young made his debut against the New York Knicks and finished the night with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.