Hawks’ Trae Young helps erase more than $1 million in medical debt for Atlanta residents

STEVE GARDNER | USA TODAY SPORTS

In just his second NBA season, Trae Young is already making a major impact in Atlanta.

The Hawks point guard recently made a donation through his charitable organization that will eliminate more than $1 million in medical bills that Atlanta-area residents have been unable to pay. 

The Trae Young Foundation’s $10,000 contribution to RIP Medical Debt will allow that organization to purchase and forgive $1,059,186.39 in outstanding medical expenses for 570 people, according to a news release.

“Giving back to this community is extremely important to me,” Young said in a statement. “I hope these families can find a bit of relief knowing that their bills have been taken care of as we enter the New Year.”

Wednesday, Young praised the people who helped the plan come together, ending his tweet with a capital A (for Atlanta) a heart emoji and the hashtag #MakeADifference.

The second-year guard from Oklahoma ranks fourth in the NBA with an average of 28.9 points per game. He’s also fifth in the league in assists per game at 8.4.

Trae Young nutmegged a defender, hit a jumper, and stared down the Nuggets’ bench

Andy Nesbitt | USA TODAY SPORTS

It hasn’t taken long for Trae Young to become one of the more exciting players to watch in the NBA.

And right now he’s on an absolute tear.

The second-year Atlanta Hawks guard has scored over 30 points in each of his last three games, including 42 in Tuesday night’s victory over the Nuggets in Denver in which he hit eight 3-pointers.

But it was a nice two-pointer that stood out the most against the Nuggets as he nutmegged a defender, collected the ball, hit a jumper, and then stared down Denver’s bench for about five seconds.

You’re gonna want to check this out:

Here’s a better angle of the nutmeg:

Insane.

Here are his highlights from the win:

NBA fans loved the nutmeg: