Trae Young was a dynamic offensive force in his lone season at Oklahoma. That hasn’t translated to NBA Summer League yet.
Now, it is not just early in Young’s career, it is insanely early in summer league competition as well. Young has only played in three games.
Those three games have been quite ugly though. Young is just 12-for-52 from the field and 3-for-24 from three-point range.
His biggest highlight thus far was getting into a scuffle with Grayson Allen.
Trae Young has now missed 38 of his first 48 shots of summer league. He’s 2-of-21 from three. You can almost feel him overthinking before every release.
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) July 6, 2018
Considering the Atlanta Hawks traded for Young, surrendering highly-regarded European prospect Luka Doncic in the process, there’s a lot of expectations for the young point guard.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman cautioned that he might not be ready to fulfill them for some time.
Trae Young isn’t physically ready for the NBA … but had to leave college after the season he just had. Went from not even being on draft boards to a high-lottery pick. He needs some time before we judge him. Maybe a couple years. https://t.co/Cp2wTl0hPi
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 6, 2018
Given his lack of size and playing style, Young likely has to adjust to the speed of the NBA game and the length of defenders. If he’s able to do that, he should find himself settling down some.