The Atlanta Hawks haven’t had an All-Star starter since Dikembe Mutumbo in 1998. Yesterday, when the All-Star starters were announced, that all changed when Trae Young was named as a starter for the East.
In his second season as a pro, Trae Young is already a star in the NBA. As of yesterday, Trae was 3rd in the NBA in scoring and 4th in assists. When it comes to scoring, the only two names in front of him are James Harden and Giannis. Pretty decent company. Yesterday, it was confirmed Trae Young is more than just a star. Now, he’s an Eastern Conference All-Star starter.
Some chatter around the NBA media landscape stated Trae Young didn’t deserve to be an All-Star starter because of his poor defense and the Hawks have the worst record in the NBA. Despite that “chatter”, Trae did garner some well-deserved praise from the NBA media, finishing second in voting among NBA guards. I’m not sure if it’s entirely Trae’s fault the Hawks are a terrible team this season. For me, that falls on the shoulders of Travis Schlenk, the man who thought it was a good idea to throw a team together with no veterans and no shooting. Also, the Hawks best player, other than Trae, John Collins, missed 25 games this season due to his suspension. I’m not sure how that is Trae’s fault.
With all that said, Trae Young, has been spectacular this season. His shooting, scoring, assists, rebounds have all improved since last season. Yes, that’s partly due to Kevin Huerter and John Collins missing a lot of time, but there is no denying how special Trae has been this season. Anyone who says otherwise has a bias against Trae or is too busy ogling over Luka Doncic and the trade the Hawks made. It’s done and over. Trae is a star in the NBA and will be for a long time to come.