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Trae Young ranked second-best player under 25

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Trading Luka Doncic for Trae Young on draft night got the Hawks front office panned.

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young beat out Tatum, Williamson among top-10 under 25

In an article for CBS Sports, Brad Botkin takes a look around the league and gave his take on who the best young players under 25 were in the NBA. Doncic indeed sits at the top where Botkin provides a compelling case.

“Only a player as great as Young can make you at least question whether the Atlanta Hawks actually won a trade in which they gave up the aforementioned Doncic. Remember, the Hawks also got Cam Reddish out of that deal. If he blossoms, this will be a difficult trade to evaluate down the road, the rare win-win in such a high-profile swap, as Young has already established himself as a point guard not too far from Doncic’s equal.”

Young averaged 25.3 points and 9.4 assists in the regular season and 28.8 points with 9.5 assists in a record-setting postseason.

“Bottom line, Young is a winner. His defense, at least with Atlanta’s current parts supporting him, isn’t nearly as detrimental as many presumed it would be in a playoff setting But even if Young can be exploited more than he was in last year’s playoffs depending on the matchup, his offense is so great that I’m still putting him No. 2 on this list.”

John Collins also earns an honorable mention.

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