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The metrics show that when Trae Young is off the court there is a huge drop in production for the Atlanta Hawks. Simply put, in order to win a game the Hawks needed to play Trae heavy minutes and run the risk of running their star into the ground.
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From the outset this trade benefits the Hawks immensely because they are desperately in need of a backup point guard (no disrespect to Brandon Goodwin). On the season Jeff Teague is averaging 13.2 points and 6.1 assist per game. He’s only started 13 games out of the 34 games he’s played in and it appears the Minnesota is trying to move in a younger direction with Shabaz Napier and Jarrett Culver being primary ball handlers.
Treveon Graham is a 6’5 shooting guard in his 3rd season who playing 12 mins a game in the month of January. On the season he’s averaging around 5 points a game, he was pretty much a throw in.
Minnesota is getting Allen Crabbe who is averaging 5 points a game in about 18 minutes per night. Crabbe made a splash 4 years ago when the Portland Trailblazers signed him to a 4 year 74 million dollar contract. In 4 years teams (Blazers, Nets, and Hawks) have played hot potato with that contract and for the time being Minnesota is team holding it. Crabbe is in the last year of that contract is making 18.5 million.
When the dust settles all three players involved in this trade have inspiring contracts. The Hawks got a serviceable veteran point guard in Teague which they desperately needed and Minnesota made it clear they going younger with their back court.
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