DETROIT (AP) — Trae Young feels like a veteran as he enters his second NBA season.
That’s bad news for the rest of the league.
Young had 38 points and nine assists and the Atlanta Hawks opened the season with a 117-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.
“I’m a lot more comfortable than I was at this point last year,” Young said. “Obviously, I’m not a rookie anymore and I felt great out there tonight.”
If anyone at Little Caesars Arena doubted how good Young was feeling, he made it clear midway through the second quarter, hitting a three-pointer from the edge of the Pistons logo at half court.
“I knew it was deep, but I didn’t realise I was on the logo until someone told me at halftime,” he said. “Ever since high school, I’ve known when I was in range and let it go.”
John Collins added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Jabari Parker had 18 points.
Vince Carter checked in for Atlanta with 6:52 left in the first quarter, becoming the first player to see action in 22 NBA seasons.