Trae Young, who was a star at Oklahoma in high school and college, was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Dallas Mavericks. However, Dallas traded him to Atlanta for Luka Doncic, which is why Young and Doncic will forever be linked with each other in the NBA.
Trae Young’s net worth in 2020: $5 million
Before he got drafted, Young signed a multi-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Adidas. The deal is worth $1.8 million. Young is in the same shoe company as James Harden, Damian Lillard, and Derrick Rose.
During his rookie season with the Hawks, Young made $5,356,440 and averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 assists per game. He shot 41.8 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 82.9 percent from the free-throw line, but the Hawks missed the 2019 playoffs.
During the shortened 2019-20 season due to COVID-19, Young made $5,880,938 and played in his first All-Star game in Chicago as the starter. He finished the campaign with averages of 29.6 points and 9.3 assists per game, establishing himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA.
Many draft experts thought Young was going to be a bust in the NBA due to his small stature, but Ice Trae has proved all those so-called pundits wrong.
Young will make $6,571,800 in 2020-21. He will likely sign a lucrative rookie-scale extension during the offseason of 2021 and see his net worth rise even more. Young has already been name-dropped in a few rap songs, which has only increased his profile around the world. The playmaker is looking to lead the Hawks back to the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. He has the talent to do it, but the Hawks need to get more impact players around Young.
Earlier in 2020, Young partnered with RIP Medical Debt to relieve over a million dollars in past-due medical debts for Atlanta residents who cannot pay them. Below is the statement that Young made:
“The city of Atlanta has welcomed me with open arms,” said Trae Young. “Giving back to this community is extremely important to me. I hope these families can find a bit of relief knowing that their bills have been taken care of as we enter the New Year.”
Young donated $10,000 through the Trae Young Foundation to target relief in the Atlanta Area. Thanks to Young, $1,059,186.39 of medical debt will be erased. The point guard just continues to show he’s a great person off the basketball court.
With the Hawks in 141 regular-season games, Young has compiled averages of 23.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 8.6 assists while shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 84.7 percent from the free-throw line. He has three triple-doubles in his short career and will only continue to get better as he gets stronger and more knowledgeable about the NBA game.
It’s going to be interesting to see what new endorsement deals Young signs as his NBA career moves along. He’s a very marketable player, so don’t be surprised if Adidas gives him a signature shoe in the near future.
While the money and fame are great, Young is focused on his basketball craft and trying to make the Hawks a winning franchise again. Atlanta hasn’t made the playoffs since 2017 and Young has been on record saying it kills him inside watching the postseason on TV.
“My main focus going into my third year is winning,” Trae Young told USA TODAY Sports. “I think that’s always been my focus, but it is even more now than ever. Watching these games has been tough, and just being in that position. So that’s my main thing going into Year Three. Winning, and doing whatever I need to do to get us over the top and get into the playoffs.”
In the 2020 NBA Draft, the Hawks have the sixth overall pick. It’s a golden opportunity for Atlanta to get another dynamic, young player next to Young, John Collins, Cam Reddish, Kevin Huerter, De’Andre Hunter, and Bruno Fernando.
The Hawks, though, are ultimately going to go as far as Young can lead them. The point guard spot is the most important position in the NBA today. Young has already proven he can hang with the best of them on the offensive end due to his stellar shooting and passing skills.
Now, Young has to improve on the defensive end.
If the Hawks can get to the playoffs sooner rather than later, Young’s portrait around the world will get bigger, which means his net worth will see a big rise as well.