Starting off the new season, Trae Young has not fallen into a sophomore slump and has improved in every major stat category. That is no little feat. In his rookie season, he averaged over 19 points with around eight assists and three rebounds. Oscar Robertson and Damon Stoudamire are the only other players in history to average those numbers or above as rookies. Now, Young is averaging 27.3 points a game off a 46.2 field goal percentage with 9.1 assists and four rebounds to start the year and making history. “Young became the first player 21 or younger to post three-straight games with at least 30 points and 10 assists “according to a HoopsHype post. So is he a top five point guard this season? The answer is no but he is very close.
I would choose five 5 point guards in the league over him right now: Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and James Harden. In the next year or so, if no serious injury occurs, he might make it into the list past all of those future Hall of Famers. Trae Young’s offensive power potential is through the roof with a shooting hand comparable to Stephen Curry in his early career. Young has better court vision than Curry being ranked third in assists per game. The way he’ll prove his eliteness this season will be to carry his team to the playoffs and perform well under pressure. He has never been in a playoff game so it would be great to see him in that kind of atmosphere.
In conclusion, Trae Young will last a long time in the league the way he is heading and I cannot wait to see him become a top elite point guard in the NBA.