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Hawks rookie Trae Young says ‘the game is really starting to slow down for me’

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After getting off to a slow start to the season, Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Trae Young has rounded into form very nicely and is putting up stellar numbers.

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic has gotten all the buzz this season, but Young’s superb play in January and February has all eyes on him now that he’s proven he can hang in the NBA.

Young averaged 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game in February and was named the Rookie of the Month for the Eastern Conference. Doncic won the award for the Western Conference.

So what’s been the biggest difference for Trae Young over the past few months? The sharpshooter says the game is really slowing down for him and he’s not thinking too much anymore.

“That first month of the year was difficult for me,” Young told Marc Stein of the New York Times. “There’s definitely an adjustment period for any college shooter. And I think that’s what I was going through early on in the season. I was shooting terrible. I was really just thinking about it too much.

“The game is really starting to slow down for me.”

Overall on the season, Young is putting up 18.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.8 assists while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The 20-year-old has recorded 21 double-doubles and leads all rookies in assists.