The Atlanta Hawks have finally landed a much-needed creative ball handler at the wing position, by drafting Cam Reddish. Passing savant Trae Young will certainly help make Cam a better player. Yet when it’s all said and done, Reddish will help Young level up as well.
The Atlanta Hawks are fortunate to have Trae Young, one of the brightest young passers to enter the NBA in many years. He is one of only 14 men in NBA history, to average eight or more assists in his rookie season.
John Wall, Ricky Rubio and Ben Simmons are the only players this decade, to average more assists in their inaugural seasons, than Trae Young did as a rookie this past year. Only four first year players in the last 20 years and six rookies in the last 30 years, have averaged more assists than Trae Young did last year.
Putting Trae Young’s great passing rookie season into perspective, he averaged more assists per game in his first season than Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Isaiah Thomas (Zeke), Chris Paul, John Stockton and Magic Johnson. That is a higher rookie assist average, than eight of the top ten all time assists per game leaders.
If Trae just maintains his 8.1 assist per game average throughout his career, he would finish number 14 all time in assists per game. Incredibly Trae Young dished out 9.2 dimes per contest, following the All Star break this past season. If he were able to post that number for his career, he would rank number seven in NBA history.
The NBA Twitter account gives us a look at some of the spectacular passes that Trae Young makes: