Hawks pick up third-year option on Trae Young and fourth-year option on John Collins
The Hawks exercised the fourth-year option on Collins, while also exercising the third-year option for Young. Both players provided a building block for the Hawks last season, which led to the Hawks seeking to secure long-term deals with the two.
Last season, Collins had a career season, averaging career highs in points and rebounds.
Entering his third season in Atlanta, Collins averaged team-highs of 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds along with 2.0 assists in 30.0 minutes (.560 FG%, .348 3FG%, .763 FT%) in 61 games (59 starts) during the 2018-19 season. He ranked 15th in the NBA in rpg, 16th in FG% and 33rd in ppg. He was the first sophomore in NBA history to average at least 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in 30 minutes or fewer per game.
Young gave the NBA a glimpse of what he could do in the future. Always compared to Stephen Curry, Young’s game is looking to take a leap in 2019-20.
Young was a unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selection last season as he averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 30.9 minutes (.418 FG%, .324 3FG%, .829 FT%) in 81 contests (all starts). Among qualifying NBA rookies, he was first in apg (fourth in the NBA), second in ppg (34th in the NBA) and FT%, third in mpg, sixth in spg and 10th in rpg.
While the Hawks are still in rebuilding mode, it’s good to see that the Hawks are confident in Collins and Young for the future.