Trae Young Eclipses Fellow Superstars Luka Doncic & Jayson Tatum In Historic Record Only Topped By LeBron James

Published 04/11/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Jan 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard Raul Neto (19) during the first quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


Atlanta Hawks superstar Trae Young is one of the best young players in the league. The 22-year-old has been the key to the Hawks’ success this season, as the team tries to make it to the playoffs for the first time in four years.

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The Hawks had a crucial victory against the Chicago Bulls in their last game, beating them 120-109. While Bulls’ Zach LaVine dominated the headlines with a 50-point performance, the Hawks were led by a dominant performance by Trae Young.

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The 1-time All-Star put on an absolute show as he scored 42 points along with 8 assists and 9 rebounds. This was their 16th game of his career where he has scored more than 40 points and has had more than 5 assists in a game.

Given that this is only his third year in the league, this stat-line seems mind-boggling. He has even topped fellow young superstars Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum for this feat and only trails LeBron James, who had 17 such games before his 23rd birthday.

Given how key his offensive output is for the Hawks and the impeccable form he has been in, it is only a matter of time before the 22-year-old eclipses ‘King James’ for this staggering record.

Can Trae Young lead this Hawks team to a deep playoff success?

After struggling for the last two seasons, the Hawks have finally added some quality veterans around their young prodigy. Players like Danilo Gallinari and Bojan Bogdanovic have made an instant impact coming off of the bench, resulting in a significant decrease of the offensive load on Young.

With a much better support cast, Young and the Hawks are well above .500. They now have a record of 28 wins and 25 losses and are the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Dec 30, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) goes up for a shot against Atlanta Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter (12) and guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

They are even above teams like the Boston Celtics and last season’s Eastern Conference champions, Miami Heat. The Hawks have a perfectly balanced roster with great young players and seasoned veterans.

But Trae Young is absolutely key to coach Monty Williams’ chances. The 22-year-old has the ability to take the game on his head and lead the team. Come playoff time, this will be a big necessity for Atlanta.

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Trae has already proven how great he can be with stellar performances in the regular season. If he can replicate the same in the playoffs, the Hawks can pull off some big surprises in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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