Trae Young set on bringing a winning culture back to Atlanta

Trae Young has his goals for his Hawks career firmly set in stone already. 

The dynamic guard, whose start to life in the NBA has been topsy turvy to say the least, will undoubtedly be one of the most intriguing and exciting rookies to watch this season.

His three-point centric game makes Steph Curry comparisons all too common, but after his underwhelming Summer League showing it’s fair to suggest that Young will go through some significant growing pains this season. 

The former Oklahoma star, who lit up college basketball last season with his imperious scoring power, has been all-but handed the keys to the Hawks’ future after they traded away Dennis Schroder, so don’t expect any early struggles to deter the hierarchy in Atlanta from persisting with him. 

His upside is enormous, but as we saw in the Summer League, he has bust potential too. 

Nevertheless, the Hawks are going down the Trae Young route and they need him to flourish. 

The number five overall pick has lofty ambitions for his time in Atlanta though, and if he fulfils his promise, he’ll bring excitement and success to a franchise that’s struggled to make an impact in the East in recent years. 

After a player drain that saw All Stars Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver all leave within two years the Hawks are desperate to get back to winning ways, and Young expects to bring that feeling back to his adopted city. 

“It’s all about winning,” Young said Friday at an NBPA camp appearance at Basketball City, per Michael Scotto of The Athletic. “It’s all about getting the culture back to what it was when Al Horford was there, Jeff Teague and they were in the Eastern Conference finals and winning 60 games. That’s my goal. I want to get back to winning, and I know the city of Atlanta wants that, and it’s our job to bring it back.”

Those 60 wins certainly won’t come immediately, and it’ll likely take atleast another lottery pick or two and a bonafide star moving in free agency to join Young to establish the Hawks as a threat in the East once more. 

If Young’s development goes to plan and he becomes the elite shooter and distributor that many project him to be down the line, then the Hawks will have the perfect building block around which to form a title contender in the modern NBA. 

There are a ton of hypotheticals involved in that prediction though, and only time will tell if Young turns out to be a future star in the mould of Curry, or just another guy. 

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