Prior to being picked by the Dallas Mavericks (and eventually traded to the Atlanta Hawks) in the 2018 NBA draft, some pundits wondered if Trae Young’s scoring prowess will translate to the pros.
The 21-year-old guard has certainly put those doubts to rest in just his second year, as he tied his career-best 49 points and made history in the Hawks’ 105-104 defeat to the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Young was unconscious from the field, draining 16 of his 28 attempts (57 percent). He became just the second player in the last 50 years to register multiple 49-plus point games before turning 22.
Moreover, Young tied his career high with eight made 3-pointers (8-for-15, 53 percent).
Young also made 8 threes for the third time in his career. No other player in NBA history has had 8+ threes more than once at 21 years or younger.#TrueToAtlanta https://t.co/JduW9ZDfBJ
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) November 30, 2019
Young’s gargantuan effort, however, went for naught as the Hawks crashed to its ninth consecutive defeat and are now tied with the New York Knicks for the worst record in the East at 4-15.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Young’s three highest scoring games in college and the pros have all resulted to losses. He also scored 49 points in Atlanta’s four-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls in March last season.
Despite his team’s struggles, Young has made significant strides to his game this season and has emerged as Atlanta’s best player. Last year’s Rookie of The Year runner-up is averaging 26.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.6 steals and 1.5 steals.
Young has also upped his shooting percentages from last year, bumping his field goal accuracy from 41.8 percent to 43.6 percent, and his 3-point shooting from 32.4 percent to 36.1 percent.
The Hawks won their first two games of the season but has struggled to regain momentum ever since.