Atlanta Hawks: 3 goals for Trae Young in the 2021-22 season

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Atlanta Hawks goal for Trae Young No. 2) Lead the league in assists

For all the talk about Young taking ill-advised shots and hurting his team due to the selfish nature of his game, Young has never been lower than fourth in the league in assists per game. In his rookie year, Young averaged 8.4 assists per game which was good for fourth in the NBA.

Then in his second season, Young averaged 9.3 assists per game which saw him finish second in the league behind only LeBron James who averaged 10.2 per game. It is no shame to finish behind one of the all-time greats of the game.

Then in his third season, Young averaged 9.4 assists per game which was again only good enough for second in the league. This time he finished behind another future Hall of Famer Russell Westbrook who had 11.7 assists per game and the NBA’s second-leading scorer to help him get there.

Now, these two players have teamed up and should not challenge the top of the leaderboard this season. The other major threat has always been James Harden who is no longer the exclusive offensive instigator on the Nets. Young, should he continue to develop the way he has should lead this category quite comfortably this season.