OKLAHOMA CITY — The NBA announced Monday that Trae Young finished in second place in the running for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.
The rookie point guard finishes behind Dallas Maverick sensation Luka Dončić and ahead of last year’s number one overall pick DeAndre Ayton.
Young started off slow in his NBA career. He finished the year averaging 19.1 points per game, 42-percent shooting and 32-percent from deep. He led all rookies with 8.1 assists per game and 653 total. Dončić was second with 429 total assists.
The former Oklahoma Sooner was the fifth pick in the 2018 NBA draft. He was taken by the Mavericks who traded him to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Dončić. He is the third Sooner taken in the top-six of the NBA draft in the last 10 seasons (Buddy Hield was 6th in 2016, Blake Griffin was 1st in 2009).
Voting for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. Luka was 2 votes from being a unanimous pick. pic.twitter.com/KYfZg1oOgn
— Brady Trantham (@BradyDoesSports) June 25, 2019
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports