All-Star Selection for Trae Young is Blessing and Curse

Thomas Mott
January 25, 2020 - 12:25 am
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The other day it was revealed that Trae Young will be the starter on the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team. This is nothing short of an incredible feat and just goes to show that Trae Young is a star in this league and will be for many years to come.

However, as Uncle Ben said to young Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility”.  Trae Young becoming an All-Star starter is both a blessing and a course for the Hawks and the City of Atlanta.

Now there’s a lot more good than bad that can come out of this but let’s break it down into the good and bad of Trae starting for the East in the All-Star game.

Blessing #1: Debate Silencer

The Luka vs Trae debate got old quickly because they are both great. However, with Luka getting all of the national praise you started to wonder if that weighed on Trae at all. Think about it, Trae was putting up incredible numbers but no national people seemed to care. Getting to the All-Star game, not to mention starting in it should provide Trae the validation all young athletes want. Especially, in a comparison-riddled modern NBA.

 

Blessing #2: Networking

Piggybacking off of the first curse, Trae being in the All-Star game will not only give him national recognition but it will also allow him to network with other stars and show off his talent to potential Hawk’s free agent targets going forward. Trae is great, he’s the perfect PG to pair with a superstar big or athletic forward. Get to networking, show off what you can do, and begin the recruiting process during All-Star weekend.

 

Curse #1: Bigger and Better Things

Here is the fear with Trae getting the validation of becoming an All-Star starter. What’s next? Trae, like many young athletes, businessman and entrepreneurs are always looking for the next level. The next step. What’s the next level for Trae?

Simple..Winning. Trae’s accomplished so much in his first two years that the only thing left is winning. My greatest fear for the future of the Hawks is that they never put a winning team around him and he decides to join elsewhere with another superstar for his first big contract.

Trae young becomes a free agent in 2022. That’s two summers from now. Might seem like a long way away but look who else can be a free agent in 2022?  How about Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Jimmy Butler.

Trae starting in the All-Star game is amazing, it’s well-deserved, it should provide some great networking opportunities and great validation for the overlooked star that Trae is. But be warned, if nothing changes, this is the first domino to fall in the Trae Young 2022 exit strategy.