Trae Young is voicing his complaints on the NBA’s new rule change regarding fouls, which limits calls on “non-basketball moves.”
“I don’t want to get fined too much, but it’s frustrating,” Young said Thursday in his postgame comments, per the Associated Press. “There’s a lot of missed calls. It’s basketball. It’s just, it feels that they’re learning, and they’re just — I don’t know. It’s frustrating.”
“You can watch basketball. Damian Lillard’s never averaged 17 points probably since his rookie year,” Young said. “There’s a couple guys. I mean, Book’s averaging 18. There’s a lot of things that, when guys are driving straight and guys are getting knocked off balance — it’s still a foul, whether they’re using their lower body or their hands.”
Through five games this season, Lillard is averaging 17.8 points per game, the lowest PPG average of his career. Portland’s point guard averaged 30.0 ppg and 28.8 ppg in the past two seasons, respectively.
Meanwhile, Young, who averaged 8.7 free-throw attempts per game last season, the third-most in the league, is now averaging 4.4 attempts through Atlanta’s first five games. Although the Hawks All-Star is against the rule changes, he doesn’t think it’s all bad.
“Veering back and jumping into guys – that’s different,” Young explained. “There are certain things that, I agree with the rule changes, but then there’s things that are still fouls, and guys are going to get hurt. Especially a smaller guy like me who’s going up against bigger and stronger defenders, they’re using their body and they’re using their legs and their hands to stop me.”