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Rookie lottery pick Trae Young won’t be handed the Atlanta Hawks’ starting point guard job. He’ll have to fight for it.
But at least it will be a friendly training camp battle between Young and veteran Jeremy Lin, acquired this offseason from the Brooklyn Nets.
According to new Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce (via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Young and Lin will compete for the Hawks’ starting point guard spot.
I asked Lloyd Pierce who will start at point guard – Jeremy Lin or Trae Young. “Competition,” was the answer referring to training camp.
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) September 20, 2018
The Hawks’ starting job became wide open after they traded Dennis Schroder to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, they’ll be starting anew with Pierce, Young and/or Lin at the center of things.
Young was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the fifth overall pick, then quickly traded to the Hawks for Luka Doncic, selected third. Young was a freshman scoring and assist-compiling sensation last season at Oklahoma, and the Hawks are expecting big things.
Meanwhile, Lin has bounced around the league, proving to be at least a solid backup at every stop. But he has been injury prone recently, appearing in just one game with the Nets last season before rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee and missing the season.
Either way, this is expected to be a down season for the Hawks, a year of building, of seeing who fits and weeding out the rest. And it appears that type of healthy competition will start at the point.