Steph Curry has mastered the shimmy after a made shot.
Atlanta’s Trae Young took the shimmy to the next level by doing it before a made 3-pointer.
Nearing the end of the third quarter Wednesday, Young crossed up Jrue Holiday and found himself so wide open for a 3-pointer that he paused, surveyed the scene, did a little shoulder shimmy and left it fly. Count it.
It was part of his special 48-point, 11-assist performance in the Hawks’ 116-113 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Young is the second-youngest player in NBA history to have at least 45 points and 10 assists in a playoff game behind Dallas’ Luka Doncic — yet another connection between the best players of an excellent 2018 draft class who were essentially traded for each other.
In his playoff debut, Young added more memorable moments to an impressive collection of them. Young has had at least 25 points and 10 assists in five playoff games and is averaging 30.5 points and 10.5 assists in 13 games.