Trae Young, the fan-favorite of the 2018 NBA draft, is having a less than stellar Summer League performance so far. Now, the former Oklahoma Sooner is dealing with a right quad contusion that he got in ten minutes of play against the Portland Trail Blazers. Thankfully, the injury is said to not be serious.
Prior to his injury, the dead-eye shooter had been struggling in the Summer League games. Young was scoreless shooting 0-2 against the Trail Blazers in what turned out to be an easy win for Portland 85-68.
Trae Young struggled early in his Summer League debut noticeably chucking shots and mishandling the ball, but the tide had started to turn after his 21 points 11 assist performance against the New York Knicks. Young was one of the most popular players in the draft this year. He was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks but was immediately traded away to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Euro League star Luka Doncic.
Aside from the double-double effort against New York, Young has been less than stellar and he is well aware. Young tweeted a photo of him in action while quoting J. Cole saying, “There’s beauty in the struggle.”
With Trae Young struggling early in his career, the New York Knicks first round pick, Kevin Knox, has looked more than impressive.
Knox was booed by Knicks fans when he was drafted, but he’s been shutting people up on the court after a 22 point debut followed by a 19 point 5 rebound effort in his second career game. Knox has been throwing down huge dunks and controlling the offense alongside Knicks sophomore player Frank Ntilikina.
One unnamed NBA executive told Bleacher Report that Knox looks like, “a real stud” and is “really f—ing good.”
Both the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks return to action on Tuesday with the Hawks facing the Chicago Bulls and the Knicks taking on the Los Angeles Lakers. It is unknown at this time if Trae Young will play against the Bulls.