Hawks rookie Trae Young breaks down his 3-point shooting woes
Trae Young has picked up more than a few critics during the first few months of his NBA career, and a lot of that likely hasn’t been helped by the Hawks’ 6-23 start on the season.
However, the former Oklahoma star’s numbers haven’t been all that bad, as he’s second on the team with 15.5 points while also leading Atlanta with 7.1 assists per contest.
However, his outside shooting has been far from ideal, with Young now making just 23.7 percent of his 3-point attempts on the year.
What’s the problem? Well, he addressed that when asked about it on Sunday.
yes, he said he's shooting flat, otherwise mechanically sound, and he's happy to be playing well in other areas without his 3s falling yet. https://t.co/Q7Bl5Ibr4I
— Jamal Murphy (@Blacketologist) December 16, 2018
The key here is that Young is indeed playing a major role in other areas, so his shooting struggles from long range aren’t a huge deal as long as he’s doing that.
Yes, there’s no doubt that the Hawks would love to see him add even more scoring by making more shots from deep, but he’s still doing just fine as one of the most valuable contributors on the Atlanta roster.
The next step in the evolution of his game is to start knocking down more of these shots on a consistent basis, as that would allow him to emerge as a potential superstar in the future.
Atlanta will look to snap its three-game losing streak when it takes on the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.