Former Oklahoma Sooner Trae Young elected to be an NBA All-Star Game starter
The schedule worked in Trae Young’s favor. He and the Hawks will play at OKC on Friday, so the Hawks headed that way Thursday afternoon.
Young, a former Oklahoma Sooners star, was scheduled to land in his home state of Oklahoma before NBA All-Star starters were announced on the TNT pregame show Thursday. He got good news.
Young was voted into his first All-Star game. He is averaging 29.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game in his second NBA season. He became the first Hawks player in 44 years to earn an All-Star selection in one of his first two seasons.
Young finished first among all Eastern Conference guards. Fan votes were weighted to account for 50 percent, while media and player votes accounted for 25 percent each. Young finished first in fan votes, third in player votes and second in media votes.
Boston’s Kemba Walker claimed the other Eastern Conference backcourt spot.
TNT will also announce the All-Star reserves on Jan. 30 and televise the All-Star Draft -- when team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo pick their respective teams -- on Feb. 6.
The 2020 All-Star game is scheduled for Feb. 16 in Chicago.
Western Conference: LeBron James* (Los Angeles Lakers), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers), Luka Dončić (Dallas), James Harden (Houston)
Eastern Conference: Giannis Antetokounmpo* (Milwaukee), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia), Pascal Siakam (Toronto), Trae Young (Atlanta), Kemba Walker (Boston)