Lou Williams believes Trae Young is on his way to become an established superstar and is happy to be a part of the process.
In the few years that he has been in the league, Trae Young has constantly put up absurd numbers on the board. A case in point was his career-high 50 points against the Heat last year.
Many critics argued that he won’t be putting up these numbers come playoff time and that his small stature (6ft2) would make him a defensive liability.
Well, it seems like ‘Ice Trae’ heard all this talk and took it to heart because the man has been nothing short of a powerhouse this season.
Not only has he maintained his scoring ability in the playoffs, it seems like the 22-year-old is embracing all expectations and has matured into a gritty and tenacious student of the game.
These playoff games against the Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers are a clear example of the same and now the Atlanta Hawks are just one win away from competing in the Western Conference finals.
Hawks veteran Lou Williams is proud to be able to call Trae Young his teammate
In a post-game interview, the 34-year-old talked about how playing with a younger team has rejuvenated his love for the game and that their work ethic and underdog mentality is what drives them.
When asked about Trae and his exceptional performances throughout this season, this is what Williams had to say –
“He’s a monster. This dude is a monster. It’ll be one of those things when I look back when he’s a hall of Famer an established superstar in this league and I can say I was a part of that process and I worked with this gentleman.”
One of the hallmarks of a great player is his willingness to learn and absorb everything like a sponge, according to Williams, this seems to be the case with Trae.
“He listens to me and I try to help him as much as I can with little tidbits. Just seeing him night in and night out, I’m extremely happy for him. I’m proud of him and I’m happy to call him my teammate.”
As the Hawks play the 76ers in a home game with a chance to finish off the series, ‘Ice Trae’ has an opportunity to go out on the floor and lead his team to the Western Conference finals in what is only his 3rd season in the NBA.