Trae Young
Trae Young
22-Year-Old GuardG
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
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Injury Back
Est. Return 1/24/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Young made a huge leap during his 2019-20 sophomore campaign, setting highs nearly across the board. The point guard was fourth in scoring (29.6 points per game) and second in passing (9.3 assists per game) while also averaging 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 threes and 1.1 steals. That resulted in Young ranking seventh in fantasy on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. He's taken complete control of the Hawks' offense and is no stranger to huge performances, posting 12 games with at least 60 fantasy points in 60 appearances. The addition of Clint Capela should also provide Young with great pick-and-roll and lob options, which could help him boost his assists even higher. That said, it remains to be seen how much further Young can elevate his raw production since he's already averaged nearly 30 points and 10 assists per game. From here, his strides may mostly be in efficiency and steals. Plus, the Hawks revamped their team during the offseason, adding Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn and Bogdan Bogdanovic. The result could be more work off-ball for Young. Even if that's the case, he figures to be worth a top-10 pick in most fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $11.63 million contract with the Hawks in July of 2018. Hawks exercised $6.57 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019. Hawks exercised $8.33 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Rayford Trae Young was born in 1998 in Lubbock, Texas. He is the son of Rayford and Candice Young. His father, Rayford, played collegiate ball at Texas Tech and then played professionally overseas for many seasons. Trae has a younger brother and two younger sisters. Growing up, Young was a big fan of Steve Nash. Young attended Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma. During his senior season, he scored an eye popping 42.6 points per game while also shooting at a 49 percent rate. The senior was also named Oklahoma's Player of the Year by multiple organizations and won McDonald's All-American honors. In 2019, Young was named an Honorary Board Member at The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Oklahoma City. In early 2020, Young partnered with RIP Medical Debt to donate $10,000 to help wipe out medical debt of close to 600 low-income residents in Atlanta. Fans can follow the sharp shooter on Twitter @TheTraeYoung and on Instagram @TraeYoung.

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Young's lone season (2017-18) at Oklahoma was a revelation. He became the only player in Division I history to lead the nation in scoring (27.4 points per game) and play making (8.7 assists per contest). The guard made his presence known with a 43-point outburst in a November win against Oregon. It was the first of his four 40-point games and part of a 14-game streak in which he scored at least 26 points. Although Young was slowed by Big 12 defenses, he always scored in double digits and had four double-doubles in conference play (and 12 on the season). He hit 118 three-pointers on the season (converting 36.0 percent from long range) and converted 86.1 percent of his free throws on an average of 8.6 free-throw attempts per game. The product of Norman, Oklahoma led the Sooners back to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence. The freshman had 28 points and seven assists as tenth-seeded Oklahoma took Rhode Island to overtime before bowing out of the Big Dance. Following the season, Young declared for the 2018 draft.

Questionable vs. Milwaukee
GAtlanta Hawks
Back
January 23, 2021
Young is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucks due to back spasms, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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Young has yet to miss a game this season despite showing up on the injury report more than once. He hit a rough patch in early-to-mid January, but he's been better lately, averaging 31.8 points, 9.8 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals across the past four games. If Young ends up sidelined, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Goodwin should see extra minutes.
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2019

Following a prolific rookie season in 2018-19. Young picked up where he left off -- and then some. In an opening-night win over Detroit on Oct. 24, Young poured in 38 points, including six three-pointers, to go with seven rebounds, nine assists and one steal. He followed up with 39 points in a win over Orlando two nights later, hitting five threes and making 16-of-25 field goal attempts. Young was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first week of the season. In November, Young logged eight games with at least 30 points, headlined by a 49-point effort in a narrow loss to the Pacers on Nov. 29. During an eight-game span from Nov. 23 to Dec. 8, Young averaged 34.4 points per game to go with 8.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds. He erupted for 47 points against the Nets on Dec. 21 and 48 points in a win over the Knicks on Feb. 9 -- two of his nine 40-point games before the All-Star break. Young was voted an Eastern Conference All-Star -- and a starter -- for the first time in his career. After the break, Young appeared in 10 games prior to the suspension of the NBA season on Mar. 11. In that span, Young averaged 29.5 points, 10.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. In his first post-break game, the Oklahoma product went for 50 points and eight assists in a win over Miami. Three games later, he posted 37 points and 11 assists against Orlando (Feb. 26). In his final two games, Young erupted for 31 points and 16 assists against the Hornets (Mar. 9), and 42 points and 11 assists against the Knicks (Mar. 11).

2018

All eyes were on Young heading into his rookie season. Not only was he the fifth overall pick, but he was traded for Luka Doncic, who was thought by some to be an all-time draft prospect. The Hawks inserted Young right into their starting lineup, as he was their starting point guard in all 81 games he played. They also gave the former Oklahoma star lots of opportunity to spread his wings. Young averaged 30.9 minutes and took 15.5 field goals per contest, averaging 19.1 points in the process. On the year, Young made 32.4 percent of his three-point shots, but he really turned things on in the second half. Over his final 40 games, Young made 35 percent of his 7.0 three-point attempts per contest, which helped him average 22.7 points per game during that span. That included an eye-popping Mar. 1 explosion in which he dropped 49 points on the Bulls. In addition to his shooting skills, Young averaged 8.1 assists per contest. His season high of 17 dimes came Nov. 19 alongside 25 points -- just one of his 30 double-doubles. Young also turned in his first career triple-double Mar. 9, tallying 23 points to go with a season-high-tying 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He was named Rookie of the Month four times and made the All-Rookie First Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks
  • December 21, 2020
    Atlanta Hawks exercised $8.33 million team option for 2021-22.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
Expectations are growing for Trae Young and the Hawks heading into the 2019-20 season, as the point guard is coming off a stellar second half of his rookie campaign that made for a competitive Rookie of the Year race down the stretch. In 81 appearances and starts last season, Young averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds, but it's his post-All-Star break numbers that really stand out. In his final 23 games of the regular season, Young averaged 24.7 points, 9.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds across 33.1 minutes per game, and his three-point shooting percentage raised from 31.2 percent to 34.8 percent during that stretch. His 30.8 percent usage rate after the All-Star break would rank in the top 10 among all eligible NBA players. Heading into his sophomore season, Young's usage is not expected to dip. The offense operated at its best with Young as the focal point, and he will now be surrounded by even more young talent with the addition of De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish in the first round of the 2019 draft.
Young burst onto the college basketball scene as a freshman at Oklahoma, with his electric scoring ability and three-point range instantly drawing comparisons to NBA champion Steph Curry. Young would ultimately finish the season as Division 1's leading scorer (27.4 points per game) and assist man (8.7 per game), while hitting 118 three-pointers. He chipped in with 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals as well, while knocking down 36 percent of his deep balls. There are a few concerns with Young's transition to the NBA. He's only 6-foot-2 and doesn't have much length, so he could struggle to gain separation offensively, as well as keep some of the league's taller guards in check on the defensive side of the ball. There were also times when he disappeared against some of the better teams in the NCAA and his specific skill-set as a deep-ball threat poses potential issues with his efficiency. That said, Young is heading into an extremely advantageous situation after being drafted by the Hawks with the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Atlanta traded last year's starting point guard, Dennis Schroder, to the Thunder this offseason, which should give Young an opportunity to jump into the starting unit right away. Jeremy Lin was added to the roster and could start if Young struggles during training camp or the preseason, but it's still Young's job to lose. As a result, the 19-year-old is slated for big minutes from the get go and is easily one of the more intriguing rookies from this year's class when looking at Fantasy potential. Lin should help take the pressure off Young at times and fellow youngsters Taurean Prince and John Collins are also on the rise, so the first-round pick should have some solid pieces alongside him to boost his assist numbers. Expectations will be high going into the season, though as mentioned previously, Fantasy owners will have to keep in mind his status as a rookie, as well as the potential for inefficiency issues going up against NBA talent.
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Sets season high in points in win
GAtlanta Hawks
January 20, 2021
Young (heel) recorded 38 points (11-26 FG, 3-5 3PT, 13-19 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds two steals and one block in 44 minutes Wednesday in the Hawks' 123-115 overtime win over the Pistons.
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Cleared to play
GAtlanta Hawks
January 20, 2021
Young (heel) is available for Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Should play Wednesday
GAtlanta Hawks
Heel
January 19, 2021
Young is probable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons with right heel soreness, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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Double-double with 13 assists
GAtlanta Hawks
January 18, 2021
Young totaled 20 points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 12-13 FT), 13 assists, eight rebounds and three steals across 32 minutes in Monday's 108-97 win over the Timberwolves.
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Registers double-double in loss
GAtlanta Hawks
January 16, 2021
Young tallied 26 points (7-23 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 11-12 FT), seven rebounds and 11 assists in a loss to the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
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