After being named an All-Star starter in just his second season, Young will have to earn it from the coaches this go-around. The final All-Star voting concluded yesterday, and the Hawks star point guard finished sixth amongst his Eastern Conference backcourt mates, behind Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Zach Lavine, and Jaylen Brown.
Beal and Irving will be the starters in the backcourt, with Giannis, Durant, and Embiid rounding out the Eastern Conference starting lineup in the frontcourt.
The selection process for the All-Star starters isn’t purely a fan-vote. The fans count for a lot (50%), but the media and players also make up 25% of the vote each. Young received an equal amount of respect from the fans and media. They both voted him sixth; however, his peers don’t appear to be as fond of his game, voting him 11th among Eastern Conference guards.
Trae Young 11th in player votes… pic.twitter.com/RQzSl9BZMk
— Isaac Harris (@IsaacLHarris) February 19, 2021
That’s some serious shade for a player that is averaging 26.5 points and 9.3 assists per game. But those stats have yet to lead to wins, and apparently, the league is taking notice.
It could also be because Young has become a maestro at getting to the free-throw line. He leads the league in free-throw attempts and is making them at an 89% clip. On many occasions, we’ve seen several players lose their cool after Young uses his craftiness to draw a cheeky foul. Perhaps some of them still have a sour taste in their mouth. Regardless, Young is undoubtedly deserving of his second consecutive All-Star selection. It would be a shame if the coaches did not pick him as a reserve.