Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Indiana Pacers guard Edmond Sumner during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Photo: John Amis/AP
Photo: John Amis/AP

Waiting for official invitation, Trae Young ‘would love to’ participate in 3-point contest

As of Tuesday afternoon, when asked if he had been invited to the 3-Point Contest and Skills Challenge, Young said that was the first he had heard of it (he had been practicing), but added if the invitation is confirmed, he “would love to” participate in both. 

“No, I haven’t heard,” Young said. “That was the first it was just brought up to me. I guess there’s reports out there, but I’ve been practicing, so we’ll see when I go look at my phone. … I would love to. I don’t want to jinx myself. I don’t know if I have yet, so.”

After the first returns of fan voting came out Jan. 2, Young was leading Eastern Conference guards in All-Star voting with 443,412 votes, with Kyrie Irving (432,481) and Kemba Walker (432,031) behind him.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Young, known for his nifty passing and shooting range, among other skills, is fourth in the league in scoring (28.9 points per game), fifth in assists (8.4 assists per game) and fourth in 3-pointers made (120). He’s shooting 37.5% from 3-point range this season. 

Young competed in the Skills Competition at last year’s All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. He finished second to the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum.

This year’s All-Star game will be in Chicago.

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