To put it simply: Trae Young has been BALLIN’!
Earlier this season, it seemed like a lock that Dallas Mavericks rookie phenom Luka Dončić was going to run away with this season’s NBA Rookie of the Year award.
However, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young has made sure that this will not be an award just handed to Luka.
It should be noted that at the time of this writing that Luka is averaging more points and rebounds than Trae. Luka is averaging 21 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to Trae’s 18.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.
The one area that Trae is currently beating Luka in assists. He is currently averaging more assists with 7.8 per game to Luka’s 5.6 per game.
While Luka may be ahead of Trae statistically at the moment, Trae’s outstanding play this past month can not be overlooked.
Here’s a list of Trae’s stats over his last five games:
- 49 points, 16 assists, 8 rebounds
- 36 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds
- 36 points, 8 assists, 1 rebound
- 23 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds
- 30 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds
Young averaged 23.3 points, 9.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over the month on February.
Trae started off the season a little rocky, but each month the young guard has been able to improve his scoring little by little. He has also made great strides in improving his three-point shooting percentage as well.
Luka is definitely still the front-runner for Rookie of the Year at the moment, but Trae is not far behind him. The Rookie of the Year award is definitely a two-man race now and there’s still a little over a month in the regular season so this race is far from over.
Between Trae’s scoring and his abilities as a play maker, the voting committee is going to have a hard time deciding between either him or Luka when it comes time to vote in a few months.