Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young is Like Michael Jordan

Atlanta Hawks, Trae Young (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Another way that Trae Young is like Michael Jordan is charisma. Despite Trae Young having the confidence to state his desire to be great, he still comes off as humble. He does not act as though he has already arrived, instead he always mentions the work it will take to get there. He’s a man of faith, that enjoys wonderful support from his parents.

Trae is always personable and professional when conducting interviews. He’s always polite when answering questions and he does so with a smile. He consistently represents the city of Atlanta with the utmost class. He is a star that the fan base can be proud of, a player that parents don’t mind their children emulating.

Using Doubters and Defeat as Motivation

While the majority professional athletes claim that they tune out the noise. Trae Young does not. We have yet to and probably won’t ever see him, going back and forth with his critics on social media. I certainly hope not. However when the Trae Young doubters are out in full force, he simply acknowledges it and goes to work with the desire to prove them wrong.

The Atlanta Hawks point guard got off to a bad start in summer league last year and was being ridiculed by NBA fans on social media sites everywhere. He responded with the following simple tweet, before subsequently going on a tear:

Trae Young participated in the 2019 NBA Rising Stars challenge at NBA All Star weekend. He helped lead team USA to a 17 point win in the contest. Trae produced a strong 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds off the bench. He also nailed six shots from beyond the arch.

Trae Young put up those great numbers, while tantalizing the crowd with spectacular passes and long-range bombs. Many people including the ESPN commentators felt like Young should have been named MVP of the game, but the award went to Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma instead.

The next night Young was foiled in the finals of the Skills Challenge, on a half court buzzer beater by the Celtics Jayson Tatum. Tatum’s shot knocked Young’s potential winning shot away, in the process of going into the basket.

When NBA play resumed, the disappointed Trae Young went on a torrid streak, averaging 24 points and 9.2 assists for the remainder of the season. That might be a coincidence. Then again it might not be!