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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As stated previously, Young came into the league with heavy criticism on his size, physical build and endurance. Needless to say, he proved to the league that he can adapt and dominate, not to mention he only missed one game this season.

A major positive that benefited Young’s game was his ability to get his teammates involved in the game. Of course, he can get his points on any given possession but a true point guard and playmaker can motivate others to step up.

The Atlanta Hawks thrive when their franchise guard attacks the rim and kicks the ball out to the open shooter or throws the lob to the wings. At the end of the season, TY averaged 8.1 assists (4th in the league).

On the flip side, an aspect that TY needs to work on is taking care of the basketball. Clearly, teams that push the tempo are prone to turning the ball over but considering the fact that the ball is mostly in his hands, he needs to work on securing the ball.

Most of the season the Hawks found themselves in position to win on a nightly basis. But when the team recorded more than 14 turnovers per game they would end up losing games in the final seconds or moments.

At the end of the 2018-19 season, Young averaged 3.8 turnovers per game. Yes, 3.8 is better than most but as an upcoming guard, it’s better to handle ball security early. Also, the fact that his teammates follow off his lead can impact the team in a negative way when the team doesn’t take care of the ball.