Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young ranked inside the top-20 players

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Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young is finally getting some of the recognition that he deserves. The NBA released their list of the best players and Young has come in at No. 17 which feels somewhat right, given that Young is still in the very early stages of his career.

They rate him above the likes of Bam Adebayo, Zion Williamson, Bradley Beal, and Donovan Mitchell. Given that only one of these players has made it further in the playoffs than Young, there can be little argument with these rankings.

It is interesting to see that the next three players include two point guards. The interesting thing here is that Young was rated the fourth-best point guard in the league but Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul are ranked just higher than Young with four other point guards in the top-10.

What the Atlanta Hawks and Trae Young need to do to move up the list

If Young continues his current career trajectory he should quite easily pass Paul this season. It should be a similar situation with Irving who is heading towards the back end of his career. He did just joining the 50/40/90 club but Young is growing with his teammates, he will still get better.

To get to the top of the tree he is going to have to prove that he is a better player than Paul, Irving Damian Lillard, James Harden, Luka Doncic, and Stephen Curry in the point guard listing alone. This list is a who’s who of point guards in the NBA right now and Young’s name is rightfully up there.

He also needs to show that he is better than MVP candidate Joel Embiid who he beat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals and Nikola Jokic, last season’s MVP as the best big men in the league. He also has the perennial top three of LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kevin Durant amongst others above him.

Next. Young and Doncic will open the new season, adding to their story. dark

This coming season is going to be huge for Young. The front office has given him the best team that he has ever played on. He was able to lead last year’s team to within two games of the NBA Finals. This leads to the following questions, where will he lead this team this season? Will he be an All-Star? Will he be named to an All-NBA team? Where will he finish in this list next season?