The Atlanta Hawks have extremely high hopes for Trae Young and want to build their team around him for years to come.
The franchise underlined their confidence in his ability by trading away their number three pick Luka Doncic to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Young, who was taken fifth overall.
This move by the Hawks will increase the pressure on the 19-year-old to prove that they made the right decision.
His game was already heavily scrutinised during the Summer League where he had his fair share of struggles.
But the point guard also showed flashes of his talent as he demonstrated his shooting range and passing.
Thrust into the limelight
After Atlanta traded Dennis Schroder to the Oklahoma City Thunder recently, it’s clear that Young will immediately step into the starting lineup and assume ball-handling responsibilities.
He’s likely to form a backcourt partnership with Jeremy Lin, who was acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.
As the more experienced player, Lin may look to take more control and potentially take some of the shine away from his new teammate but the rookie doesn’t believe it’ll work out that way.
Instead, he believes he can learn a lot from the former New York Knicks guard and is looking forward to working with him.
“From what I’ve heard, he’s going to be a great mentor for me,” Young said of Lin, per Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
“We’ve been talking. He’s a good dude. He’s been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. He’s seen it all, so I’m looking forward to picking his brain.”
The Oklahoma product thinks the duo can “work really well together” and is hoping they can turn the team’s fortunes around.
Lin has spent the majority of his eight-year NBA career as a point guard but he enjoyed one of his best seasons playing as a two-guard with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015-16.
They may be similar players but he doesn’t expect any problems playing alongside Young next season.
“The Hawks are a relatively young team, but Trae Young is a talented player,” he said. “I think I can help him a lot and share my experience playing in the NBA with him.
“I know the Hawks plan to use us on the court together. I had played for the Rockets, Lakers and Hornets that put two point guards on the court simultaneously, so I know Trae and I could play very fast.
“Coach Lloyd Pierce, one of the (former) coaches for the Warriors, was also my coach, so I have talked to him already. I’m really excited, about the upcoming season, it’s going to be fun.”
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