New city, same number for Trae Young. The former Oklahoma star officially was introduced by the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, revealing that he will wear No. 11 at the NBA level.
— Anthony Amey (@AnthonyAmeyWSB) June 25, 2018
Young arrives in Atlanta with considerable fanfare, after being selected No. 5 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft last Thursday. The 6-foot-2 point guard was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks but immediately traded to the Hawks for Croatian guard Luka Doncic, the No. 3 overall pick.
Young was introduced along with the Hawks’ other two first-round draft picks: Maryland guard Kevin Huerter, the No. 19 overall pick, and Villanova forward Omari Spellman, the No. 30 overall pick. Along with young talents John Collins and Taurean Prince, they look to form the core that Atlanta will build around.
Atlanta finished 24-58 in the 2017-18 season, missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons. The result cost coach Mike Budenholzer his job, and Atlanta replaced him with former Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce.
Young could emerge as the go-to, on-ball playmaker that the rebuilding Hawks need. In his lone season at Oklahoma, Young led the nation in both points and assists, scoring 27.4 points and dishing out 8.7 assists per game.