With the fifth pick in the draft, the Dallas Mavericks pick Trae Young!
While the talented young man went to Dallas, he quickly found himself traded to the Atlanta Hawks. No one is complaining though, because the Mavericks got a good deal while Atlanta got Trae Young. The University of Oklahoma point guard is already making waves with this newly invigorated Hawks’ roster. Could he be the team’s secret weapon this year?
A five-star recruit from his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, it should be no surprise that he went to the state’s university. Young had a bit of a late start in basketball compared to other NBA players, since he didn’t actually join his high school team until sophomore year. Nevertheless, he still averaged 25 points that season and showcasing his talent throughout the state. His high school became the champions of the area and Trae Young only got better from there. The following year his stat line improved to 34.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he led his school to a regional championship in his junior year. To finish high school, Young had a solid senior year. With an average of 42.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, he was expected to move onto a Division I school.
Young’s college career with the University of Oklahoma was relatively short since he decided to enter the draft rather than play three more years. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he was already breaking records within the NCAA as only a freshman. During one game, he amassed 22 assists on top of the 26 points he had scored. While analysts initially had him pegged for a second-round pick in the draft, he quickly rose through the ranks to be regarded as one of the top five. By the time the season had ended, he led the NCAA in multiple statistics. The most impressive being 848 total points, 271 assists for the season, and 8.7 assists per game.
Which brings us to Trae Young entering the draft. He was officially picked fifth by the Dallas Mavericks but this was not the team he would be playing for. The Mavs traded him away that night for a first round pick and with third pick Luka Dončić. It seems like both teams get what they wanted because Dončić has definitely been a solid player for the Mavericks. So far, Young is already making waves in the league. He’s averaging 23 points, 8.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and a 45.5% field goal percentage. Pretty impressive for a guy who was only a freshman not too long ago. In his debut game against the Knicks had 14 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, and a 35.7% field goal percentage. He’s improved noticeably with his last game where he posted 35 points, 1 steal, 11 assists, 2 rebounds, and a 56.5% field goal percentage.
Has Trae Young been the best pick in the draft? Analysts and Hawks’ fans certainly seem to think so. Considering his numbers are already so high and fans have rallied behind him, he should have a solid career ahead of him. He’ll spend the year being compared to Luka Dončic, who has been a solid addition the Mavericks even if he hasn’t been quite as explosive. There’s a strong chance that Dallas was thinking longterm with the extra first round pick to amass two talented players compared to getting just Young. However, depending on how Young plays this year, that could’ve been the wrong choice.
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