Head coach Lloyd Pierce said Thursday that Young and Jeremy Lin (knee) will compete for the starting point guard job, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Ever since Dennis Schroder was traded to the Thunder in the offseason, the expectation was that Young, the team's 5th overall pick, would take on starting duties. However, coach Pierce wasn't quite yet ready to deem the youngster his top point guard and instead, said he'll have to beat out Jeremy Lin for the job. Lin, himself, has started 217 games across eight years in the league, so it doesn't come as a huge surprise that he's at least in the running. That said, the Hawks aren't expected to battle for a playoff spot, so it seems more likely than not they wind up giving Young as much run as possible to speed up his development. Adding on to that, Lin is coming off a major knee injury that limited him to just one game last year, so he could be brought along slowly throughout camp. Keep an eye on the situation, but Young should be the favorite as of now.
Young won't play during Thursday's contest against Portland, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Young, who has begun to find his stroke, will get Thursday's game off for rest. Across four summer league games in Vegas, he's averaging 17.0 points on 38.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Young had 23 points (7-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), eight assists and two steals in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 107-101 summer league victory over the Pacers. Young helped the Hawks to narrow six-point victory, pouring in 23 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. The passing was there once again as he dished out eight assists but it was the shooting that was of more importance. His efficiency has been a major issue across summer league but he was able to find his way to the basket here while managing to get to the free-throw line with some regularity. Like any rookie point guard, he is going to have plenty of ups and downs but things appear to be trending in the right direction for the youngster out of Oklahoma.
Young finished with 24 points (7-19 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, two steals and one rebound across 33 minutes during Tuesday's 101-93 summer league victory over the Bulls. Young's status coming into the contest was in question, as he had left Sunday's tilt against the Trail Blazers after just nine minutes due to a thigh bruise. The rookie quickly brushed off any notion he was feeling the effects of the injury, drilling seven threes en route to a victory. There are still some growing pains, however, as he went 0-for-6 on two-pointers and recorded only one more assist than turnover. Still, Tuesday's contest represents a turning point for Young, who has now strung together two consecutive 20-point games, excluding the contest where he left early.
Young (thigh) will start during Tuesday's summer league tilt against the Bulls, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Young left Sunday's game after nine minutes due to a thigh bruise, though he was likely kept out of the game for precautionary reasons. He'll look to keep up his solid play during Las Vegas Summer League.
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