Trae Young Deserves To Be An All-Star Starter

Atlanta Hawks, Trae Young (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks, Trae Young (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

After the third round of fan All-Star voting returns, Trae Young held his lead as the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards. Now, with fan voting ending yesterday, will the fan’s voting be enough to make Trae Young an All-Star starter?

The fan voting for the All-Star game ended yesterday. After the first three rounds of returns, Trae Young led the Eastern Conference in fan votes all three times. When the final round of returns come back, it’s likely Trae will be the leading vote-getter in the East among guards. That would be a very impressive feat for a second-year player on an abysmal team. However, even with the fans giving all their love to Trae, there could still be a world where Trae isn’t starting on the East All-Star team.

When it comes to All-Star voting, there are several facets of determining the starters for the East and West with the fan voting kicking it all off. The fan vote counts for 50% of the process. The other 50% is split between the media vote and players. So, even with Trae leading the fan vote, it’s possible the media could slant more towards Kemba Walker or Kyrie Irving. However, with Trae having such a stellar season, the players and some of the media will likely make Trae Young a starter for the All-Star game.

Despite the dismal season from the Atlanta Hawks, Trae Young has earned the right to be an Eastern Conference All-Star. Through 40 games, Trae is 3rd in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.2 points per game. Also, Trae is in the 4th in the NBA in assists, averaging 8.6 per game. His field goal and three-point field goal percentage have both increased this season. His defense, an area he is much maligned for, is improving, too. Trae keeps improving as his NBA career progresses. He’s earned his spot among the starters on the All-Star team.

Trae takes a lot of flak for the woes of his team, which is somewhat fair. Yes, Trae is a volume scorer who needs the ball to facilitate the offense. It’s not Trae’s problem the roster Travis Schlenk surrounded him with his completely devoid of shooting. Or, that the roster is full of first and second-year players. Trae has been willing this Hawks team all season. The total number of wins won’t show that, but his numbers show how special he is. Trae Young belongs among the elites in the NBA. Maybe the Hawks will belong among that elite group one day, but for now, Trae deserves to be honored for the special season he’s having. Don’t mess this up, NBA Media and Players.