LAS VEGAS — Trae Young is starting to figure it out.
His first couple games in the Salt Lake City Summer League he struggled with the length and intensity of defense from Summer League level players. His jumper was a bit rushed and off, he couldn’t finish inside, and his passing was not what had been expected. New Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said not to worry, things would come along.
They have — and he showed it in the fourth quarter of Atlanta’s win over Indiana on Thursday. Young was clutch in that game, hitting a couple buckets but it was mostly with his passing and finding open guys.
There’s still a long way to go — Summer League defenses are a far cry short of what Young will see come October — but he’s making strides. And giving Hawks fans hope.