“My Son SHOOK UP THE WHOLE EASTERN CONFERENCE” | Trae Young’s Dad Feels His Son Is The Boogeyman Of The East

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Trae Young’s father, Rayford Young, has a lot to say.

When it comes to his son, the elder Young wants you to know that Trae is the boogeyman in the Eastern Conference, and the moves made by other teams, in his opinion, validate that.

“Y’all can think or say what you want. But my son SHOOK UP THE WHOLE EASTERN CONFERENCE after last seasons Playoff run……Got every team scrambling! All good though, he’s just 23……JUST GETTING STARTED. That’s a PROMISE”

Trae is a young juggernaut in the NBA. Pun intended.

Ice Trae

Nicknamed “Ice Trae,” the Oklahoma University prospect was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2018 NBA draft with the fifth pick. He was later traded with a future first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for the draft rights to Luka Dončić.

The point guard is the first player in NBA history to notch at least 20 points and seven assists in each of the first 13 playoff games of his career, and he’s had at least 30 points in seven of those.

During the 2018-2019 season, in the Hawks’ third game, Young finished with a season-high 35 points and 11 assists in a 133–111 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He then broke his season-high with 49 points, with 16 assists in a high-scoring 168–161 quadruple-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.

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First All-Star Selection

Fast-forward to the 2019-2020 season, and Young was selected for his first NBA All-Star Game. Then Young recorded 48 points and 13 assists in 47 minutes for a 140–135 double-overtime win over the New York Knicks.

Young officially became the new Knicks killer, a la Reggie Miller but with way more malice at being the bad guy. Knicks fans have dedicated street protestations toward Young after sucking all the air out of the historic Madison Square Garden.

During the 2020-2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Young put up 21 points during Game 7 to lead the Hawks past the Philadelphia 76ers. The win gave the Hawks their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2015, and undeniably Trae Young’s fingerprints were all over the advancement.

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Playoff Trae

Although the Hawks ultimately lost the Eastern Conference Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks, who became NBA champions, Trae Young cemented his new image as the boogeyman of the East.

After the Hawks won the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals, Young’s father made it clear that his son was the factor by dropping 48 points and 11 assists in the Hawks’ 116-113 win.

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“Humbly speaking, I’ve seen it all before,” Rayford said to 11Alive. “But that doesn’t say I don’t get excited when I’m watching it. I’m just sitting there stressing, just hoping they win the game.”

A Father’s Love

He followed up the sentiment recently with another tweet showing his support comes from his paternal pride in his son.

“You right but the people that know me will tell you…,.,,I RIDE OR DIE for my son 24/7 on this app but again like you said. It’s a DAD THING.”

Young’s Dad feels that the Trae Young effect is on the game with moves made around the Eastern Conference.

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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.