Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young Set to Take Step Forward This Season

Atlanta Hawks, Trae Young (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks, Trae Young (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young is coming off of what was a great rookie season in Atlanta. Young will improve in year two considering he is unlikely to struggle as he did the first month of his career.

Trae Young led the Atlanta Hawks last season constantly flashing just how special of a player he is going to be. Despite a rough first month, Young finished the season averaging 19.1 points per game for the Hawks.

Year two for Young is going to be an improvement when you consider the direction the Hawks are heading. They have built a roster full of athletic young talent. Talent that will open the floor up for Trae giving him more room to work to score the basketball or open up easy shots for his teammates.

Young’s three-point shot should continue to show more consistency as well as he continues to get better looks and learn how to draw fouls from deep.

Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter will both bring more energy to a young Hawks team completing their small ball lineup. Both players will pair perfectly with Young and help him take a step forward as a distributor and spread the floor to open up more scoring chances for Young.

The only shortcoming for Young is his defense. He struggles to defend opposing point guards lacking the height or strength to stop his assignment from driving the ball in the paint or pulling up to hit a shot over the top of him.

Young must continue to get stronger and attempt to at least provide a roadblock defensively. Despite his struggles defensively his offensive talent far outweighs any damage he does on the other end of the floor.

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More to come as the Hawks off-season continues and the team continues to build around their point guard of the future.