Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young
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Trae Young wins fourth Rookie of Month award

Trae Young became the first Hawk to win the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month four times in a season when he was honored for his play in March/April by the NBA on Monday.

Young also won the award in November, January and February.

In 15 games in March, Young averaged 23.4 points, 9.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds as the Hawks went 7-8. The month also included two game-winning shots. He hit a floater with 0.1 seconds left to beat the 76ers, 129-127, on March 24. He put back a rebound as time expired to beat the Bucks, 136-135 in overtime, on Sunday.

In four games in April, Young averaged 23.3 points, 8.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds.

In the 19 starts spanning the two months, Young averaged 23.4 points, 9.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 31.9 minutes.

Al Horford won the Rookie of the Month award three times in 2007-08 for the Hawks.

Young finished his rookie season averaging 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 30.9 minutes, becoming one of two rookies in NBA history to reach 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds in a season, joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61). Young totaled seven 30-point, 10-assist games, second-most by a rookie in league history, also joining Robertson (1960-61). 

Overall, Young led the Eastern Conference and was second in the NBA in total assists (653).

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