Adrian Benjamins and Coach Joe get into the weeds on the Atlanta Hawks (a treasure trove of fantasy value!), the playoffs (since they're amazing), and, of course, more on the draft lottery as we begin…
July 9, 2019, 1:31 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
There has been no official announcement yet, but the expectation is that Trae Young will be added to the USA Basketball Select Team in Las Vegas in August.
Young certainly is deserving of the honor after averaging 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds in a fantastic rookie season which saw him finish as the runner-up in the ROY voting. After an even stronger finish to the season for Young, it's going to take an earlier mid-round pick in fantasy to acquire his services,
Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter
June 24, 2019, 9:30 pmLuka DoncicPG, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic won the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, beating finalists Trae Young and Deandre Ayton.
Ayton had the best fantasy season and Young had an amazing second half. However, Luka was a team leader, primary ball-handler and clutch shot-maker all season. His per-game averages of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 threes exceed most expectations. If he can bump up his percentages, he could be an early-round fantasy star for over a decade.
Source: NBA on TNT
May 21, 2019, 2:12 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young and Luka Doncic headlined the NBA All-Rookie First Team with Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Deandre Ayton rounding out the rest of the selections.
Young and Doncic were unanimous votes, while Ayton was near unanimous and Jackson and Bagley held a slight edge over a few of the other selections. All of the rookies showed promise and a nice future ahead of them.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 9:05 pmLuka DoncicG/F, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Deandre Ayton have been selected as the finalists for this year’s NBA Rookie of the Year.
Doncic was the presumptive winner for most of the season and while Young made huge strides at the end of the year, this award is still Doncic’s to lose.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
April 16, 2019, 1:23 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
In his rookie season Trae Young led the NBA in assists on dunks.
For anyone who still questions Young's ability to see the court, this should ease those doubts. Young's ability to set his teammates up for easy buckets was a big factor in his growth throughout the season. Young is looking to upset the presumed favorite Luka Doncic in the rookie of the year voting.
Source: Kevin L. Chouinard on NBA.com
April 11, 2019, 3:35 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young finishes his season on a high note as he earned rookie of the month honors in the East for March/April.
Young has finished his campaign with an outside chance of winning ROY. However, Doncic is still the clear favorite. The trade made by the Hawks back in the 2018 draft isn't looking as bad as we once thought early on this season. Trae will have a great shot at having a stellar season in 2019-2020.
Source: Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 11:50 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young closed out his rookie campaign in Wednesday's season finale vs. the Pacers, finishing with 23 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals and six turnovers on 6-of-18 shooting from the field.
Young’s first season was pretty incredible. The rookie, labeled “boom or bust.” around draft time had quite the second half “boom” after the first few months of his season were looking like a “bust”. Young averaged 19.1 points per game on .418 shooting to go with 8.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 3.8 turnovers and 1.9 3-pointers en route to overall season value of top-60 in 8-cat and just outside the top-120 in 9-cat. In his final two months, however, he went off on an absolute tear with averages of 23.7 points per game (.437 on FG), 9.3 assists, 4.6 boards, 0.9 steals, 3.4 turnovers and 2.5 three-pointers that lead his rise to top-25/40 (8-cat/9-cat) status. The prolific young PG ends the year second in total assists, trailing only Russell Westbrook. Leading the charge for one of the NBA’s fastest paced offenses with a year of experience under his belt, Trae Young could see himself coming off of draft boards very early next season.
April 7, 2019, 12:35 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (rest) will miss Sunday's contest in Milwaukee.
This will be Young's first missed game this season, and it appears to be for no other reason other than that the Hawks see that the tanking Mavs are hot on their trail. It's tough to imagine the Hawks resting him for the rest of the year, but it's at least on the radar as a possibility as this season comes to a close. Jaylan Adams will likely start this one and play a ton of minutes with no real backup behind him.
Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter
April 6, 2019, 9:08 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (load management) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucks.
Over the last few months, Young shown all of us his potential. Though it seems like Luka Doncic will secure the ROY award, Young has put himself in the conversation with amazing games of his own and the stats back it up. Trae is currently a top-45 player in the last two months with averages of 23.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting, 4.6 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.4 threes.
Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter
April 5, 2019, 9:56 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young survived Friday's blowout loss and was able to collect 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes of action.
One wonders what Young would've accomplished had this game been competitive for more than two minutes. The sky might just be the limit here, and while his efficiency and turnovers will always provide some sort of ceiling, the second-half version of Young looks like a fantasy player who still has a shot at early-round value anyway.
April 3, 2019, 10:40 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young led the Hawks in their 130-122 win over the Sixers with a masterful performance, scoring 33 points on 12-of-18 shooting with 12 assists, seven rebounds, a steal, and two triples.
He hit all seven of his free throws and only committed two turnovers. Young has been turning it up over the past two months, averaging 23.1 points, 2.4 3s, 4.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.8 steals on .430 shooting. The crazy thing about all of this is that he's developing into a superb playmaker and he's been a top-50 player in 9-cat leagues during that stretch with awful shooting on high attempts which means his ceiling as an early-round value depends on him making a couple more shots.
April 2, 2019, 11:38 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young missed 10 of his 15 shots, including all six of his 3-point attempts, but he still had 15 points and six assists in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.
Young hit all five of his free throws, helping to make this line tolerable from the streaking rookie. He's putting up mid-round value these days, and if he can continue to improve his field goal percentage, he could make a huge leap.
March 31, 2019, 5:15 pmTrae YoungG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young scored an inefficient 12 points (5-for-19 from the field) but beat the buzzer on a game-winner in overtime against the Bucks on Sunday.
While Young didn't shoot very well in this one, his playmaking was on point as he dished out 16 assists. His five boards, two steals and two 3-pointers were also a nice addition. Young will have these days of bad shooting, but his offensive game is well beyond his years. He should be a special playmaker for years to come.
Heading into the summer of 2018, the Atlanta Hawks were panned as being the league’s worst-constructed team both in the present and heading into the future. Outside of John Collins and Taurean Prince, there were…