Houston Rockets: 4 players to watch vs. the Atlanta Hawks

Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets Trae Young (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

2. Trae Young

Although Hawks guard Trae Young is only in his second season, he’s already become a superstar, which is unsurprising to anyone that watched him play collegiately at Oklahoma. Although there were questions about his toughness and durability, due to his smaller frame, there was never any doubt regarding the second-year guard’s ability to shoot. Simply put, Young can light it up.

This season, he’s averaging 28.9 points per game on 37.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc, which are both improvements over his rookie season. Not only that, Young is dishing out 8.4 assists per game this season, which is also an increase from his rookie season.

During the Houston Rockets’ game against Atlanta, there will certainly be sequences in which James Harden and Trae Young are matched up against one another, which will be a treat for basketball fans to watch. In the previous game against the Houston Rockets, Trae Young had 37 points on 55.6 percent from downtown and shot 92.3 percent from the charity stripe.

If there is an area in which the 21-year-old guard can be exposed, it’s certainly in the turnovers department, as he’s averaging 4.8 turnovers per game, which are more than he averaged during  his rookie season. Young will certainly get his, but the presence of John Collins in this game could very well lead to Young having a double-double as well.

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