2. Trae Young
Young is a polarizing star, but nobody can question his production. The 25-year-old is averaging 27.0 points, 10.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 36.3 minutes per game this season. Young is one of the NBA’s best scorers and shot-creators. He can fire from the logo, but his shooting efficiency could stand to improve.
Young led the Hawks to the conference finals in 2021, but they have not been able to recreate that magic. The 6’1 guard is rumored to be untouchable, but Atlanta’s struggles could change that. The Hawks are well under .500 and fighting for the final Play-In Tournament spot. They would have to win two straight games just to get back into the playoffs.
The Spurs desperately need a point guard and lead ball-handler. If there is any player who can hide Young’s defensive deficiencies, it is Victor Wembanyama. They could form a legendary guard and big man duo. It is not often a 25-year-old two-time All-Star becomes available, but it may be the Hawks' only choice if the losing continues.
Trae Young is not the only star who will be available over the next year. The San Antonio Spurs could avoid having to remake their defense around Young by acquiring someone who can hold their own on that end of the floor.