Trae Young sends message to Bogdan Bogdanovic for broken Hawks record

The Atlanta Hawks' loss couldn't deter Trae Young's message for teammate Bogdan Bogdanovic after the latter set a new franchise record.
Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic
Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks (36-44) have a new single-season leader in made three-pointers.

Bogdan Bogdanovic captured the record – that Trae Young held – in the Hawks’ 115-114 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. Bogdanovic finished the contest with 19 points, scoring 15 points from deep on 5-for-10 shooting.

“Congrats Bratè!!! It’s only right,” Young said in a post on X on April 10. “Records are meant to be broken”

“I want him to pass me, because that's good for him,” Young told reporters postgame. “I had seen it, obviously, watching games and stuff and people talking about it. So, I didn't know if he was aware of it. I asked him about it before the game, maybe during the game or whatever. Asked him how many he needed left.

“I hope people could tell … I wanted him to break that.”

Bogdanovic is shooting 37.4% on a career-high 8.2 threes per game this season.

A career 38.4% shooter from distance, his prowess has already seen him take down several of the team’s practice records. Bogdanovic ranks fifth on the Hawks’ all-time leaderboard, 122 makes behind now-assistant general manager Kyle Korver.

Young still sits atop that list with 1,055 made triples in his career, a total that figures to grow before the end of this season.

This was Bogdanovic’s night, though.

“Thank you brate moj [my brother]! You already know!!! Clip loaded,” Bogdanovic said in his response to Young.

Quin Snyder's history with Bogdan Bogdanovic precedes Hawks

Hawks head coach Quin Snyder – who defended his decision to keep Bogdanovic and the available starters on the bench as the Hornets mounted their comeback – also shared a telling story about the former Sacramento King.

“When I was in Russia with CSKA Moscow, we played in Belgrade,” Snyder said. “I think Bogi – I don't know if he was like 16 or 17 [years old] … I came out early just to kind of feel the environment, and he was out there shooting – and he was the only guy out there shooting. And so … it's pretty cool to have that.

“I remember when he was drafted – Phoenix, then Sacramento. 

“He's someone I've always watched, and, obviously, Igor [Koskoskov] having coached the Serbian National Team, growing up, being Serbian, has a particular tie with him as well.”

“He's not just put time in you know, this summer and over the course of the year, he's one of those guys … it's a lifetime of work and he's a pro,” Snyder continued. “So I didn't know that [Bogdanovic set the record]. I'm not surprised.”

Trae Young's return spoiled by Hawks' loss

Snyder also commended Garrison Mathews’ progress this season, now qualifying for and topping the three-point leaderboard.

He also said that Young’s 20 minutes in his first game back since February 25 was the plan.

Young said that he felt “good” after the game, and noted that he pushed through his rehab to get back hoping to get his conditioning back up to par and shake his minutes restriction.

He finished the loss to Charlotte with 14 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, and one steal. But he lamented his five turnovers all in the first half as he played with a brace on his balky hand. He credited his 5-for-5 night from the floor with taking what the defense gave.

The most encouraging part of Young’s remarks, though, was his optimism around the Hawks’ recent play, bolstered by their ball movement on offense.