After one of the more memorable seasons in recent college basketball history, Trae Young enters the NBA with both high expectations and question marks about whether he can adapt to the size and pace of the league. But he's prepared to learn from the handful of veterans on the Atlanta Hawks' roster, most notably fellow point guard Jeremy Lin.
"From what I've heard, he's going to be a great mentor for me," Young said of Lin to The Athletic's Michael Scotto. "He's been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. He's seen it all, so I'm looking forward to picking his brain."
The Hawks traded Dennis Schroder after drafting Young, but added Lin as veteran support in the backcourt. While the soon-to-be 29-year-old only played one game with the Brooklyn Nets last season due to a severe knee injury, he's expected to share ball handling duties with the rookie.
After a rough start at Utah Summer League, Young bounced back in Las Vegas, averaging 17 points in four games. He showed the ability to navigate through screens and get open for shots, something he'll be banking on Lin for when the games start to count.
"I think we'll work really well together," Young said of Lin. "This is a rebuilding team, and we're going to try some things. Some are going to work, some aren’t, so we're just going to work together and do whatever we can to turn this franchise around."