He finished his rookie season averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists. He made the NBA All-Rookie First Team and made the All-Star team in his second year. Young will continue to establish as one of the top players in the league.
An impressive rookie season
There were scouts and NBA analysts that did not think Young would have success as a rookie. The Hawks made the right move in getting a player like Young. In just the third game of his NBA career, Young finished with a season-high 35 points and 11 assists in a 133-111 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The way that Young plays the game translates well to the style of the NBA today. He can shoot from long distance, he can handle the ball well, and he knows how to find his open teammates. Though he is a small point guard, he still knows how to get to the rim and finish through contact. This kid dropped 50 points in his second season in the NBA. That’s not something you often see, especially from a player in their second year.
Young wanted to let the league know that he was about his business and that he can have a successful career in the league.
How Young will become the future of the NBA
The younger generation is gravitating toward Young and his style of play. With the evolution of social media, it’s more accessible now to follow these players on and off the court. Young is a player who enjoys interacting with his fans, and with him being a top player already, his fan base will continue to grow.
When you look at the new-age point guard, Young fits that mold. Young’s game is a lot similar to Stephen Curry. Both players can shoot the ball at a high-level, and they know how to score in multiple ways. If you look at the numbers, Young averaged more points than Curry in his rookie season.
It took Curry five seasons to make his first All-Star while Young did it in his second season. Just looking at those numbers between a two-time MVP and a second-year player lets you know the potential that Young has and how he can continue to impact the league.
On the road to a successful sophomore season
Before the NBA suspended its season, Young was averaging 29.6 points per game, which was fourth in the league and 9.3 assists per game, which was second in the league. Young has the potential to turn the Hawks into a playoff team in a few years.
He was on the verge of making an All-NBA team at the conclusion of the season. In three or four years, Young will still be the talk of the NBA, and his game will only get better the longer he stays in the league. He is an exceptional talent and will continue to impact the game positively.