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Assessing Expectations for Trae in Year 2

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Re: Assessing Expectations for Trae in Year 2 

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Could there be an easier negotiating job and easier money than negotiating Trae's nearly-lock-certain extension?

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Re: Assessing Expectations for Trae in Year 2 

Post#153 » by Jamaaliver » Tue Jul 7, 2020 11:39 pm

Ranking NBA's Top 15 Point Guards This Season

8. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

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Trae Young's detractors needn't reach deep into the bag to find their rebuke: If he's this good, if he's already a top-25 player, why aren't the Atlanta Hawks better? It's a fair question. And Young's defense alone might provide the answer.

Catch-all metrics portray him as a certifiable nonfactor at the less glamorous end. He is dead-last in ESPN's defensive real plus-minus and NBA Shot Charts' luck-adjusted defensive regularized adjusted plus-minus. And he ranks third-to-last, ahead of just Bradley Beal and Darius Garland, in NBA Math's defensive points saved.

Non-defenders can be tricky cornerstones. They complicate attempts to build contenders. The breadth of Young's offense does not excuse his transgressions at the other end. But it comes pretty damn close.

Young's ultra-deep pull-up threes warp entire defenses. Planning for someone who's willing to fire away just inside the timeline is a migraine-and-a-half. Young exacerbates the defense's dilemma by actually making those shots. He's converting 35.8 percent of his looks from 29 feet and out.

A lack of size (6'1") has not hindered his capacity to make plays inside the arc. He has perfected the arc and timing of his floaters and ranks in the 92nd percentile of finishing around the rim. His 9.3 assists per game are not the byproduct of how much time he spends on the ball but an accurate reflection of his vision. He beams one-handed dimes on the move before it's even clear he's picked up his dribble, confuses defenders by telegraphing one pass but throwing another and threads the needle against double-teams he's not supposed to see over.

Atlanta's offense is not elite with Young on the floor (54th percentile), but it's subject to a monster drop-off when he sits—an 11.8-point-per-100-possessions plunge that ranks as the third-largest in the league among every player who has cleared 500 minutes.

Put a more established supporting cast around Young and the wins and losses should take care of themselves. He's averaging 29.6 points and 9.3 assists with a 59.5 true shooting percentage as the all-everything of an offense light on polished talent. Adding another ball-handler alone would go a long way, granting him an actual chance to work as a spot-up and motion shooter.

In the meantime, he cannot be too harshly penalized for the constraints under which he plays. He has outperformed the degree of difficulty attached to his role. So few players have ever balanced his volume with this efficiency—10 in league history, to be more exact: Adrian Dantley (four times); James Harden (four times); Michael Jordan (three times); Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (two times); Kevin Durant (two times); Larry Bird, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Karl Malone and Bob McAdoo.
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Re: Assessing Expectations for Trae in Year 2 

Post#154 » by Jamaaliver » Yesterday 3:54 pm

Just another day, another average highlight for Young Trae

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Re: Assessing Expectations for Trae in Year 2 

Post#155 » by Jamaaliver » Yesterday 5:06 pm

Seth Partnow wrote:...there is little doubt that [Trae Young’s] an engine who can drive an offense. I have had and continue to have questions about the relative degree of difficulty of Young’s statistical accumulation. That said, on some level the raw production speaks for itself:

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That’s solid company in terms of efficient, high-volume scoring.
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