Speaking to The Athletic's Chris Kirschner about his big offensive showing, Young offered a simple reason for why he decided not to keep the jersey.
"That won't be the last time I score 50," he said.
Coming off his first All-Star Game appearance, Thursday's win was a perfect encapsulation of everything that makes Young an offensive force. The 21-year-old hit the 50-point barrier by going 18-of-19 from the free-throw line and 8-of-15 from three-point range, including one from 36 feet midway through the fourth quarter.
It's hard to imagine Young won't have many more games with at least 50 points in his future. He's had a 49-point output against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 29 and has three other games with at least 45 points this season.
This has been a disappointing season overall for the Hawks, whose 16-41 record is the second-worst in the Eastern Conference. Young's ascent to superstardom has given the organization a franchise player who can score seemingly at will to build around for years to come.