Trae Young Training With Kobe Bryant To Fine-Tune Mid-Range Game: Report

Atlanta Hawks’ point guard Trae Young is reportedly looking to build upon his sensational rookie season by training with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.

According to The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner, Young has plans to link up with Kobe in California later this month, following the Team USA training camp which wraps up on Wednesday. The two will reportedly focus on Trae’s mid-range shooting.

Kirschner writes:

The plan is for Young, after he’s finished with his Team USA training camp obligations at the start of August, to travel to Newport Beach, Calif., before he has to report back to Atlanta on Aug. 19 and work on his midrange game with Kobe Bryant. Last summer, Bryant worked with Boston’s Jayson Tatum before the start of his sophomore season. Twenty-two percent of Tatum’s shot attempts this past season were considered long 2-point shots, ranking him in the 95th percentile.”

In his rookie season, Young shot 32.4% from three, while shooting just 31.6% from mid-range, according to NBA.com. He averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 assists in 81 games, and was a finalist for the Rookie of the Year award. 

Per The Athletic:

A typical workout for Young with [personal on-court trainer Alex] Bazzell consists of a lot of ball-screen work, isolation looks and touch finishes (runners and floaters) around the rim. The biggest addition Young has been adding to his repertoire this offseason has been a midrange game. Young and Bazzell have taken parts of what make Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving and Young’s favorite player, Steve Nash, so successful and have applied elements of their midrange game to his.

“We have talked a lot about keeping the defense honest,” Bazzell said. “Him being able to stretch…

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