Hawks’ Trae Young speaks out on the ‘narrative’ he wants to change during 2020-21 season
During his first two seasons in the NBA, Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young has put up stellar numbers and made countless highlight plays.
However, the Hawks have only won 49 games in Young’s first two years, even finishing with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference last season before games were suspended in March due to COVID-19.
Things should be different for Young and the Hawks this 2020-21 campaign, though, as Atlanta had a very successful offseason. General manager Travis Schlenk signed Bogdan Bogdanovic, Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo and Kris Dunn, pairing the four veterans with Young, John Collins, Clint Capela, Cam Reddish, Kevin Huerter and De’Andre Hunter.
During his media session with Hawks reporters on Tuesday via Zoom, Young talked about how it’s time for him to lead the Atlanta franchise to wins.
“Obviously, it’s shown up to this point we haven’t won very many games, but my track record playing basketball, I’ve won my whole life,” Hawks star Trae Young said, via ESPN.
“I took a team in college from not-supposed-to-make a tournament to top five in the country, top four in the country at one point, and led us to the tournament. It’s more about, for me, how I can change that narrative that I can’t win.
“For me, it was important because I love to win. I want to win. I know, obviously, you see we all want to win and we all want to win now. It was exciting to see that. … We got some guys who are winning before. We got some guys that can help us win now. It’ll be fun playing with this team.”
Young has averaged 23.6 points and 8.6 assists per game with the Hawks in 141 starts. Atlanta’s front office has surrounded the youngster with talent, so now Young has no excuses moving forward.