Trae Young’s 50 points puts him in rare company with LeBron James
Trae Young joined elite company after posting a 50-point game against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Thursday. The Atlanta Hawks star became the second player in NBA history with 10 or more 40-point games within one season at 21 years old or younger, joining LeBron James, per NBA.com/Stats.
Young also joined a who’s who of young phenoms as the fourth-youngest player to drop 50 points in a game, now behind James, Devin Booker, and Brandon Jennings:
Trae Young is just 21 years old 😳 pic.twitter.com/AUjJr6mFRp
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 21, 2020
Young’s magnificent shooting stroke has surely translated well from the college game to the NBA. He quickly got past his initial struggles in his rookie season and hasn’t let off the pedal since.
The 21-year-old made 12-of-25 from the floor, 8-of-15 from deep, and a blistering 18-of-19 from the foul line to cap a 50-point night with a 129-124 win over the Heat, getting bragging rights on Butler:
TRAE YOUNG is the 4th youngest player in NBA history to score 50!
B. Jennings (20-052) 55 PTS
LeBron (20-080) 56 PTS
Booker (20-145) 70 PTS
LeBron (20-345) 52 PTS
LeBron (21-022) 51 PTS
Trae (21-154) 50 PTS
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 21, 2020
The Hawks’ inspired 39-27 comeback fourth quarter was all Young, as his ability to knock down shots consistently unlocked the whole offense for Atlanta. He dished a team-best eight assists as well, sharing the wealth with the rest of his young teammates.
Needless to say, Young will be smashing plenty of other records the way his career has started, and with still plenty of regular season left, he might just sneak a few more bombastic performances before he turns 22 next season.
The Hawks might not be having the season they envisioned to start this 2019-20 campaign, but it won’t be long for them to come out of the woodwork after Young continues to tear down defenses like he has this season.