Trae Young was nothing short of spectacular in the Atlanta Hawks’ first two games of the 2019-20 season. As a result, he took home the NBA’s Player of the Week honors for the Eastern Conference, as announced by the league on Monday.
In two games against Detroit and Orlando, Young averaged 38.5 points per contest along with seven rebounds and nine assists. Atlanta won both games despite being underdogs to 2018-19 Eastern Conference playoff teams, led by Young’s heroics on both nights.
Atlanta has been unstoppable with Young on the floor this season, outscoring opponents by more than 20 points per 100 possessions. His value to the Hawks is also apparent when he sits, as Detroit and Orlando were able to turn it around on Atlanta when Young was out of the game.
Fun with extremely small samples: The Hawks are outscoring opponents by 20.5 points per 100 when Trae Young is on the floor and being outscored by 21.3 points per 100 when he sits.— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) October 28, 2019
This is Young’s second Player of the Week honor of his career after picking up his first in March of his rookie campaign earlier this calendar year. The Hawks will look to keep Young’s positive momentum going against the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat (twice) this week.