Last season, the Atlanta Hawks gave the surprise in the Playoffs, as they made it to the Easter Conference Final with a Trae Young that really stood out. This competitive version from the Atlanta’s point guard really contrasts from the one we saw at the start of the season, as Young even said that he gets bored in the regular season and he only cares about the Playoffs. As if it was not necessary to win games in the regular season in order to make it to the Playoffs.
Maybe for that underestimate for the competition, the fans have also thought the same. Nothing far from reality. Trae Young averages 28,4 points and 9,7 assists, as he is currently the player with the most total assists and the second in scored points.
Outstanding performances like the one at the Madison Square Garden (45 points and 8 assists) keep the Hawks in the battle for the Play-in in an Eastern Conference that is way more difficult than in any previous years.
To assault the East:
To be the revelation team in the Eastern Conference this year is even more difficult. To earn a spot between the Bucks, Celtics, Nets, Heat or Philadelphia looks impossible, even though that last year was already difficult and they managed to put every team they faced to in trouble. The roster is well built around their star, as they force their rivals to never loose focus.
Another key factor in order to understand the momentum of Trae Young is his contract extension. Last summer he agreed with his franchise to sign a max contract that would turn into supermax if Trae made it to the All-NBA First Team. This is something that does not seem unlikely at all seeing his level this season.
With only one game of the regular season left, Atlanta are in the Play-In and only time will say if they manage to be a tough rival for those teams that are candidates to win the ring.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
Main image: Twitter @ATLHawks.
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