Here's Why Trae Young Was Left Off Olympic Roster

Atlanta Hawks PG Trae Young
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Trae Young was left off the 44-man preliminary Olympic roster that was announced on Monday afternoon and he was a little disappointed by that decision.

Trae Young didn't have too much to say about not being named a finalist for Team USA, but you could tell he was disappointed."I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hurt by seeing it... Obviously I would have wanted to play on the team."

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There's no question that Trae Young is a better player than multiple guards who did make the prelim roster, but it appears that the decisions were made based on factors other than just talent and performance.

There have been some analysis of the roster explaining about guys with prevous Olympic experience receiving tenure or at least an advantage and that seems to be the main reason others were chosen before Trae Young.

"Trae's hurt that he wasn't considered. Trae is one of the fastest rising stars, but there's still things he has to wait for," explains Hugh. "Your time to shine is coming real soon, but now is not that time."