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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

Post#21 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:59 pm

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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

Post#23 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:28 pm

The 1 Thing Holding Back Every Under-30 NBA Superstar

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks: Efficiency


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Shocked to see anything other than defense here? That's fair. Among 250 qualified players, only Bryn Forbes scored worse than Trae Young in Defensive RAPTOR last season.

Still, the notion of something holding a player back implies—at least to me—that it can be fixed. While I'd stop short of labeling Young completely hopeless on defense—his ceiling at that end is tiny as a 6'1", 180-pounder without great strength or explosion—he is physically outmatched on a nearly nightly basis.

Where he could actually improve, though, is maximizing the efficiency of his offensive opportunities.

What does that mean? For starters, it means someone with the reputation of being a lethal long-range shooter should probably have better than a career 34.3 three-point percentage. It means an elite offensive weapon shouldn't be shooting 43.1 percent from the field.

He's a brilliant offensive player, but since his value is exclusively tied to that end, he needs to uncover even more brilliance. And that's before factoring in any production he might lose to the rule changes regarding foul calls.

He has the talent to unleash a 30-point, 10-assist season, but he needs a final coat of polish to get there.
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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

Post#26 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Nov 3, 2021 12:00 am

Grading Every NBA Team's Top Player Through 2 Weeks

Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young

Grade: C-

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Trae Young juiced the Atlanta Hawks offense by 12.7 points per 100 possessions last season, doubling down on a 2019-20 campaign that established him as one of the exceedingly rare players whose mere presence on the floor assures his team of top-end scoring efficiency.

Though his three-point shot is falling at career-low rates, and though he's getting to the foul line less frequently than ever, his positive impact on Atlanta's scoring is even more pronounced. Unfortunately, his minutes have also coincided with an astronomical spike in points allowed per 100 possessions. Young posted negative on-court plus/minus figures in double-digit road losses to the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers to close out last week.

The bar coming into this season was high for Young, already a bonafide All-Star and the best player on a conference finalist. He's been a bit of a disappointment by that standard, though his shot profile has some intriguing growth indicators.

Perhaps in response to opponents running him off the three-point line so aggressively (and to cover for his generally poor conversion rates at the rim), Young is taking more mid-rangers and is hitting them at career-best rates.
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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

Post#27 » by Jamaaliver » Fri Nov 5, 2021 4:09 am

TY still seeking that balance. Maybe we need a facilitator at the 2-guard spot so Trae can hunt his own buckets?

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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

Post#28 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Nov 8, 2021 2:26 am

Young Trae has the production but not the efficiency. He has to improve his decision-making when the game is on the line.

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Re: Trae Young: Max Contract Superstar 

Post#29 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Nov 15, 2021 1:57 am

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