Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young has been voted as a starter for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, to be played in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16 at United Center, it was announced tonight by the NBA. The starters were selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel.
Young is the first Hawks player since Dikembe Mutombo in 1998 to be voted as an All-Star starter, and will be the first Hawk since Joe Johnson in 2010 to start the game (Johnson was named a replacement starter).
“It’s an indescribable feeling,” said Young. “After watching and admiring all these guys in the league growing up, I am truly humbled to be in this position. I wouldn’t be here without the support of my family, teammates, coaches, trainers and the Hawks organization, so I want to thank them for everything they’ve done for me along the way. It’s a great honor to be named a starter for the All-Star game but as a team, we have a lot left to accomplish on the court and I’m really excited about our future.”
In 40 games (all starts) this season, Young is averaging 29.2 points (third in the NBA), 8.6 assists (fourth in the league), 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 35.1 minutes (.447 FG%, .373 3FG%, .839 FT%). He has 14 double-doubles, seven games with 40-or-more points (leading the East and the second-most in the NBA to James Harden’s 16) and 22 30-point contests, ranking third in the league (Harden 29, Giannis Antetokounmpo 23). His nine games of 30 points and 10 assists ranks second in the NBA (Luka Doncic 12).
The second-year guard was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Oct. 22-27, leading the Hawks to a 2-0 start after averaging 38.5 points, 9.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds. His 77 total points through the first two contests set a franchise record (Dominique Wilkins 75 in 1986-87).
On 11/23 vs. Toronto, Young compiled 30 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in 41 minutes, becoming the third player in Atlanta history with a 30-point triple double and the first since Herm Gilliam in 1974. On 1/8 vs. Houston, Young finished with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (the first 40-point triple-double in franchise history), becoming the youngest player in league history to record those minimums in a single game.
Young played in his 100th career game at Houston on 11/30, and became only the second player in league history (Oscar Robertson) to compile more than 2,000 points and 800 assists through his first 100 games.