The NBA Summer League continues. The Summer League is where young players showcase their talents. It gives rookies (drafted and undrafted), second year players, G-League players, and more a chance to shine.
The Summer League is our first look at rookies from their respective draft years. In this case, we are seeing the rookies of the 2018 draft class. DeAndre Ayton was the first pick of this year’s draft and he’s played well. Ayton averages a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He’s helped the Suns remain undefeated in the summer league. Ayton is playing well, and he’s not the only rookie to do so. Trae Young is decent despite ups and downs.
In his first game, Young scored 21 points. He also 11 assists. Young shot poorly (he was 33 percent from the field), but he still managed to be productive. In his second game, Young was scoreless. He took two shots and only played 9 minutes. I am not sure if it was due to a minor injury or not, but it was both a short and bad showing for Young. But, Young bounced back in his next game.
Yesterday, Trae Young had his best game of his Summer League experience so far. Young had 24 points,5 assists, and two steals. Young was 7 of 19 from the field, but of those 19 shots 13 were three-pointers. He was 7 of 13 from three-point range, which is roughly 54 percent. Young still has to find his shot, but this was better than his two previous games.
The Hawks play the Pacers tonight. Young has the chance to have another decent performance. The Summer League isn’t a big deal, but it also gives us glimpses of what to expect from these players. If they play well, it is somewhat of a confidence booster for the regular season down the line. Trae Young has done ok, but there is still room for growth. He, like other rookies should take advantage of this opportunity.