Hawks news: Trae Young expected back vs. Suns after missing just 1 game with hamstring injury
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Hawks’ Trae Young expected back vs. Suns after missing just 1 game with hamstring injury

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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is expected to play in his team’s against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night after missing one game with a hamstring injury, according to the team.

Young initially suffered the injury during the Hawks’ loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night, playing 31 minutes and scoring 19 points off 7-of-20 shooting (0-of-7 from 3-point range).

Young missed Atlanta’s 108-86 loss to Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, but now it’s looking like he’s already back.

While the Hawks are terrible, the second-year pro is having a spectacular sophomore season, averaging 28.9 points, 8.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals over 35.1 minutes per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the floor, 36.7 percent from 3-point range and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Young, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Oklahoma, was originally selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft but was immediately traded along with a draft pick to Atlanta in exchange for Luka Doncic.

While the Mavs have certainly seemed to get the better end of that deal, Young is nothing to sneeze at.

During his rookie campaign, the 21-year-old played in 81 games and registered 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 boards across 30.9 minutes a night while making 41.8 percent of his field goal attempts, 32.4 percent of his long-distance tries and 82.9 percent of his foul shots.

The fact that Young posted such impressive numbers during his first season is even more impressive when you consider the fact that he got off to a dreadful start over his first month.

Many had legitimate questions about Young’s lack of size and athleticism entering the NBA, but those deficiencies have not stopped him from becoming one of the league’s most promising young talents.