Trae Young Closing Down Luke Doncic for Rookie of the Year

Hawks point guard closing down the Mavericks' Luka Doncic
Samuel Farley
Mon, April 1, 8:16 AM EDT

The NBA's regular season is drawing to a close but the Rookie Of The Year debate is only just beginning. It's looked set to be Luka Doncic's crown throughout the whole season but Trae Young is turning heads at just the right time, as the young point guard is showing off his incredible talent nearly every time he gets on court.

 

Young is currently second favorite with the sportsbooks at +650. He's still someway behind leader Doncic at -5000 but that gap is shortening nearly every night. It looks like the one horse race, has become a two horse race. Deandre Aryton and Collin Sexton at +1500 and +2000 respectively but they aren't really in with a shout.

Young has been in scintilating form, with his play being reminiscent of Steph Curry. His three-point shooting and assists have been superb and it's no surprise that his price is shortening. In fact he's playing so well that Trae Young to win Rookie Of The Year is one of the most popular bets currently on our UK sister-site.

Could Trae Young win Rookie of the Year?

We all know how Young suffered in November, his three-point shooting was under 20% and he was suffering a dip in form that he'd never experienced before. As Doncic has begun to slump in the last few months, Young has continued to ascend. He has averaged 25.1 points and 37.7% shooting threes, since the All-Star break. 

 
  Points Per Game Assists Per Game 3-point Shooting % Defensive Rebounds Offensive Rebounds
Doncic   21.1 5.9 32.7% 6.5 1.1
Young 18.9 8.0 33.1% 2.9 0.8
 

The stats show that there isn't much between them. Doncic may have scored slightly more but Young's ability as a playmaker is surpassing him. The story told by the stats is that they are both playing at a similar which makes the discrepancy in prices all the more surprising. If Young continues his rich run of form, whilst Doncic toils, then he could offer a great value price at +650.

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