A look at Trae Young’s historic start

Trae Young has helped the Atlanta Hawks get off to a 2-1 start, on his way to winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first week of the NBA season. Young has not slowed down since putting up the most points (38) for a Hawks player in a season opener, since Dominique Wilkins (39 points) against the New Jersey Nets, in 1986.

Young has taken his game to the next level, on both sides of the ball, and currently holds the fourth-best player efficiency rating (32.91), in the NBA, trailing Karl-Anthony Towns (40.86), Kyrie Irving (38.08) and Kawhi Leonard (37.12).

He became the first player in Hawks franchise history to have over 97 points, through the team's first three games of the season, surpassing John Drew's 97 points during the first three games of the 1974-75 season.

Young’s totals through three games this season 

  • 36.0 minutes/game
  • 32.91 player efficiency rating
  • 102 points
  • 27 assists
  • 18 rebounds
  • 3 steals
  • 51.52
  • fg% (34-66)
    • 51.22 2p%
    • 52.00 3p% (13-25)
  • 80.77 ft% (21-26)

Young is the sixth player in Hawks franchise history to score at least 25 points in each of the team's first three games, and the first since Joe Johnson, at the start of the 2006-07 season.

List of players in Hawks franchise history to score 25+ points in each of the team’s first three games of the season

  • Bob Pettit (1961-62)
  • Lou Hudson (1971-72, 1972-73)
  • Pete Maravich (1972-73)
  • Glenn Robinson (2002-03)
  • Joe Johnson (2006-07)
  • Trae Young (2019-20)

Young became the third player in NBA history to have at least 100 points, 25 assists and 15 rebounds, through his team's first three games of the season.

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