Ranking the 10 best point guards of the 2023–24 NBA season

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7. Trae Young

A guard of Trae Young's reputation being so far down on this type of list feels like a statement, but really, it speaks to both the talent at the lead guard position this season and the inefficiency that Young has put forth this season. While his averages of 27.1 and 10.7 assists may suggest a stellar season, his efficiency numbers quickly dispel that notion.

Young is shooting a pedestrian 35.3 percent from deep this season, but the larger issue is his abysmal field goal percentage of 40.9 percent. Pair that with his continuously poor defensive ability and effort, and it has certainly been a down season for the two-time All-Star.

The Atlanta Hawks are currently clinging to a spot in the NBA play-in tournament with a record of 9-10. While Young is far from the sole reason for the team's mediocrity, his extremely poor shooting is certainly a factor. That should clear up a bit as the season goes on. In fact, it has already begun.

Over his last five games, Trae Young is averaging 29.8 points and 10.6 assists while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and 37.0 percent from three on 10.8 shots from deep per game. Young is still among the top in his craft, and a shaky start to the season certainly won't change that.

There is still plenty of time left in the regular season for both Young and the Hawks to turn things around, but some major adjustments must be made if Atlanta's star guard is to live up to his potential.