Every now and then a basketball player comes along that you just know is going to be special. Oklahoma has had a good run of such players over the last 15 years with the likes of Blake Griffin, Buddy Hield, and Trae Young but it’s the latter of this group of stars that seems to be shining the brightest.
Young scored 36 points on Wednesday night, leading Atlanta to an overtime victory against Minnesota. It was the second game in a row for him to score that many points, also doing so in a loss to Houston on Monday night.
The back-to-back big nights isn’t just huge for the Hawks, it’s also huge for the NBA because a rookie hasn’t scored 35 points in back-to-back games since Allen Iverson did it in 1997.
In a completely different, but equally impressive, category, only Steph Curry and Michael Jordan produced more 30-point/10-assist games as a rookie than Trae Young who tied LeBron James with his third 30/10 game on Wednesday night.
Young, the fifth overall selection in last year’s draft, is averaging 17.5 points and 7.7 assists per game for the Hawks this season. However, during the month of February he’s gone over 30 points in a game three times.