It is no secret that the Atlanta Hawks have had a terrible NBA campaign thus far. The recent home wins over fellow strugglers Brooklyn Nets and Portland Trailblazers ended a 2-game losing streak and provided a slight relief for the team.
However, Monday’s 127-88 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies summed up the Hawk’s inconsistent season and their inability to go on a long winning run. The Hawks are currently bottom of the Southeast Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 19-44 win-loss record. Despite starting the season on a flying note with consecutive victories over Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic, the Hawks have failed to put together a long consistent run of wins. The Hawks have gone on ten game-losing streaks twice already this season. Despite the losses, the team tends to upset the top NBA sides on occasions with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks, all falling victims at various points of the season.
In fairness, the only consistency in the Atlanta Hawks revolves around the performances of Point Guard Trae Young, who is perhaps one of the most naturally gifted talents in the NBA. Trae Young is currently in his second season with the Hawks after being drafted and traded by the Dallas Mavericks.
At just 22 years, the promising youngster has carved the reputation of being the star player in the team. However, his talents and performances go under the radar as a result of his team’s inconsistencies.
At this stage of his career, Trae Young needs to move to a better and consistent team where he can rapidly develop to reach the top-level status of LeBron James, James Harden, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
We take a look at his stats this season and explore potential teams that could take his game to the next level.
His Season Stats
Trae Young finished his rookie season with the Atlanta Hawks averaging 19.1 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and 8.1 assists per game in 81 appearances. For the Oklahoma native, it was a fair return considering the big jump from College Basketball to the big league. However, his stats also proved there was room for improvement heading into this season.
Young has massively improved since the start of the season. He averages 29.8 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 9.4 assists per game this season. The most impressive part of Trae Young’s game has been his vision and passing ability, which is his biggest asset. His average assist per game statistics ranks as the overall second best in the NBA this season. There are similarities between Trae Young’s style of play and that of Golden State Warriors’ star man, Steph Curry. In his last ten games, Trae has averaged 32.3 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 11.3 assists per game.
Unlike some of the other promising talents in NBA, Trae has stepped up against big sides this season. His 50 points in the Hawks’ 129-124 victory over Miami Heat recently was the highest number of points he has scored in a single game this season. It was unreal and impressive, looking at the recent form of Miami Heat. His highest point return from a single match before the Heat game had come in an away loss at the hands of Indiana Pacers. He finished the Pacers game with 49 points.
However, for all his exploits at the far end, Trae has a weakness in the defensive side of his game. He has averaged 1.1 steals per game and 0.1 blocks per game. His defensive deficiencies are not going to be a big deal if he continues recording massive points and assists in the remaining games left.
Potential Teams That Could Take Trae Young’s Game to the Next Level
A potential trade to the Warriors would make sense for both Trae and the Golden State Warriors as it could define the futures of both the player and the team. It could also be a big boost for his young career. At Golden State Warriors, Trae Young will have the chance to link up to a player he admires in Steph Curry. Playing in the same team as Steph Curry could help raise his game higher to the levels of the likes of LeBron James and James Harden. At the Warriors, he could become an integral part of the team’s rebuilding for next season following their struggles with injuries to top players and reliance on inexperienced youngsters.
Another team that could be beneficial for Trae Young’s career is the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers would undoubtedly perform a lot better with a player of Young’s Caliber in the team to compliment the two big names who joined last summer, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. A trio of Kawhi, George, and Young would intimidate any team on any given day.
Also, he will be a guaranteed starter in place of Lou Williams and Reggie Jackson if a potential move to the Clippers materializes.
What’s next for Trae Young?
The focus for Trae and his Hawks team will be finishing the season strongly and maintaining a consistent winning run.