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Hawks’ Trae Young thinks there’s still time to boost his Rookie of the Year chances

Trae Young

Could Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young sneak up on everyone and win the Rookie of the Year award over Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic? He seems to think so:

“I still believe there is time,” Young told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports on The Posted Up Podcast. “I think the month of November, the way I’ve played, the shooting, really hurt me this year. Looking back at it, if I could do it over again, I would, and just play the way I am now. But I think I had to go through that to be where I am now. So, I still think there’s time left, I don’t think it’s over with.”

Young is right. The way he played early in the season versus the way he is playing now is like night and day.

The 20-year-old shot just 35.5 percent from the floor and a miserable 19.8 percent from 3-point range in 16 November games, which has really put a dent in his overall numbers.

However, since February, Young has been sensational.

Last month, he averaged 23.3 points, 9.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 41.0 percent from the field, 43.7 percent from long distance and 84.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Thus far in March, Young is registering 22.7 points, 7.9 assists and 5.7 boards a night, making 44.7 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.0 percent of his triples and 84.2 percent of his foul shots.

On the season overall, the University of Oklahoma product is averaging 18.4 points, 7.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds over 30.7 minutes per game while connecting on 41.5 percent of his shots, 33.5 percent of his treys and 82.1 percent of his free throws.