Hawks’ Trae Young organizing peaceful protest in Oklahoma
Young is the latest NBA player who has peacefully protested the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota:
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 1, 2020
With the NBA still on a hiatus, it has given players an opportunity to stand for George Floyd. Numerous players around the league have peacefully protested Floyd’s death to the hands of a police officer, including Jaylen Brown, Josh Okogie, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jordan Clarkson and Malcolm Brogdon, among many others.
The Hawks franchise is certainly in good hands with Trae Young leading the charge moving forward. He’s already one of the best point guards in the game, and it’s evident he’s going to use his platform and voice for good.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, Young was averaging 29.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists for the Hawks in 60 games. The 21-year-old was also shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 86.0 percent from the free-throw line.
NBA owners are hopeful of resuming the season in July or August at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It’s unclear if Young and the Hawks are going to play again in 2019-20 since they had the second-worst record in the East prior to games being put on hold.
If the NBA goes straight to the playoffs with the top 16 teams, the Hawks’ 2019-20 campaign is over. However, if Adam Silver and Co. decide to bring all 30 teams, then Atlanta fans will have the opportunity to watch Young play again this season. As of right now, there appears to be some momentum for a 22-team format, but nothing is set in stone.