Questions about Trae Young's NBA potential have started to arise during his cold-shooting February. Specifically, many wonder how his ongoing slump is affecting his draft stock. After averaging 30.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting while leading Oklahoma to a 16-5 start, Young has struggled during the Sooners' current six-game skid, averaging 21.5 points on 33.6 percent shooting. Bleacher Report polled a number of NBA scouts to get a feel for how teams view Young during the rockiest stretch of his season. Opinions varied, but most aren't ready to bump him down their draft boards. They will, however, be paying close attention to how he responds to this slump. "If you are a Trae Young fan, the slump does not affect your thinking at all," one scout replied. "Late-season slumps rarely affect a whole body of work." "I still believe in him," another scout said. "Teams are targeting him with their best defender, double-teams and pressure. He needs his teammates to step up, and they're not. Put him with four pros and things are different. I respect that Trae still plays hard and that he still gets assists." Young also has a key booster in LeBron James, who'd previously seen him play at a Nike camp while he was still in high school. While speaking with reporters about what adjustments Young needed to make to succeed in the NBA, James said, "How much money he's gonna spend monthly, and how much he gonna save. That's the only adjustment he gotta worry about." Everyone seems to recognize Young's suspect supporting cast and the enormous workload that forces him to carry, as reflected in his nation-leading 37.8 percent usage rate, per RealGM.com.
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'I Still Believe in Him': NBA Scouts Aren't Giving Up on Slumping Trae Young
Bleacher Report | Feb 21