Atlanta Hawks: Grading Trae Young’s role in the teams successful season

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Atlanta Hawks season highlights for Trae Young

The 2019-20 season was full of highlights for Young. He started the season out in impressive fashion, almost having four straight games where he scored more than 30 points. He scored 37, 36, 29, and 30 points and the team went 3-1 in that stretch.

Young would have four games where he scored 40 or more points for the season. What was incredibly impressive about this is that the Hawks did not drop a game when Young scored over 40. This shows Young’s development in that he put his team on his back when they needed him to, this is the trademark of a superstar.

However, Young was not just about scoring, he also set his teammates up really well. He had 23 games where he had 11 or more assists which is amazing considering that he led the team in scoring as well. One of the best assists was when he set Tony Snell up for the game-winner against the Toronto Raptors.

Here Young really impressed was in the playoffs. He created history with his averages, comparing to some of the greats of the game. He waited until the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks to produce the best game he has played in the NBA.

He had 48 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds in the three-point win, which gave the Hawks home-court advantage for the series. While the Bucks were able to curb his effectiveness in the next game, we will never know if Young could have taken the Hawks to the Finals, his injury on the referee’s foot took that chance away.