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Hawks’ Trae Young says Atlanta ‘is a place where I could see myself being for my whole career’

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Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Trae Young says Atlanta “is a place where I could see myself being for my whole career.”

Young has had a phenomenal rookie season with the Hawks and the city and fans have embraced him as one of their own.

“This is a place where I could see myself being for my whole career,” Trae Young said, via Ben Stinar of Amico Hoops. “I think the city has really embraced me and I’ve really enjoyed the city as far as the culture and all the people here and how much they really support their teams.

“I just love the environment every time I’m in the arena. Anywhere in Atlanta really. Definitely been like a second home to me.”

While everyone believes Dallas Mavericks rookie swingman Luka Doncic is the front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award, Trae Young has been on a tear over the last few months and is proving he is right there with Doncic.

In 69 games this season for the Hawks, Young is averaging 18.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Young was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in January and February. The 20-year-old Texas native is fifth in the league in assists per game, trailing only Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry, LeBron James and Ben Simmons.