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Hawks rookie Trae Young wants to be considered ‘an all-time great’

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Entering Monday, Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young has racked up seven games with at least 20 points and 10 assists. That’s seventh all-time for rookie players, putting him on a list with Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Steve Francis and Ben Simmons.

Trae Young is aware that he’s on a prestigious list, but he doesn’t want to stop there, as the 20-year-old wants to be considered “an all-time great” when his NBA career is done with.

In 56 games this season for the Hawks, Young is averaging 16.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game while shooting 41.0 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.

If it wasn’t for the stellar play of Mavs rookie Luka Doncic, Young would be running away with the Rookie of the Year award. Ironically enough, Young and Doncic were traded for each other on draft night, so the two are forever going to be linked.

Young has 16 double-doubles on the season. Atlanta is only 18-38, but it’s a rebuilding season for the Hawks and first-year head coach Lloyd Pierce. This season is all about developing their core of Young and John Collins.

Because he’s only 6-foot-2 and 180lb, a lot of “experts” thought Young would struggle in the NBA. So far, the Texas native is proving his doubters wrong.