The Atlanta Hawks have struggled this season with a 12-17 record, but All-Star point guard Trae Young is making history with his current stretch of basketball. In Atlanta’s latest loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Young tied the NBA record for most consecutive games with at least 30 points and 10 assists.
Young has now dropped seven straight 30-10 games with points and assists, tying Oscar Robertson who achieved the feat in the 1960s. Atlanta’s franchise floor general cooked the Grizzlies for 30 points and 13 assists, but the Hawks fell short in a 125-119 loss.
Despite Young’s historical streak, the Hawks have only gone 3-4 in that span. Armed with a top-five offense in the league, the Hawks have managed to lose more often than not this season thanks to their bottom-five defensive rating.
The Hawks are the No. 11 seed in the East and in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in three years
Ice Trae and the Hawks have reached the playoffs for three straight seasons, including an Eastern Conference Finals appearance in 2021. Anything less than a playoff appearance would prove incredibly disappointing for the team. They currently sit at the No. 11 seed in the Eastern Conference standings, right behind their next opponent: the Chicago Bulls.
Young has lit up the league with his individual play, but the two-time All-Star wants to win more than anything. After the Memphis loss, Young politely turned away a reporter who asked him about his 30-10 streak.
"Yeah, I’m gonna stop you right there. Let’s go to another question, I don’t want to talk about my stats. Let’s talk about something else. Thank you though, I appreciate you."- Trae Young
Young’s first game of the 30-10 streak came on Dec. 19 when he exploded for a whopping 35 points and 17 assists in a 135-128 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The Hawks got sweet revenge two nights later as Young nailed seven 3-pointers in a 125-104 blowout win over Toronto.
During the seven-game stretch, Young has averaged 32.7 points and 13.3 assists while shooting 49.4% from the field and 47.4% from three. His blistering accuracy from deep has taken his game to another level. After shooting ice-cold splits of 35.6% from the field and 27.8% from three through his first ten games of the season, Young has completely turned things around.
Young is on pace to become just the fifth player in NBA history to lead the league in total assists for three consecutive seasons. He has averaged a career-high 11.2 assists so far with a league-best 303 dimes in 27 outings.
Young now has 71 career games with at least 30 points and 10 assists, good for fourth-most in NBA history. James Harden holds the record with 101 such performances. By the end of his career, Young could very well hold the record himself.
When the Hawks visit the Bulls the day after Christmas, Young will look to snap his squad’s two-game losing streak. If Ice Trae drops at least 30 points and 10 dimes again, he will stand alone with the longest 30-10 streak for points and assists ever.