Trae Young is one of the foremost young talents in the NBA. He was drafted fifth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for the draft rights for Luka Dončić and a future first-round draft pick.
Since then, Young has gone from strength to strength. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie team in 2019. In the 2019-2020 season, Trae Young became an All-Star for the first time. While Young is one of the best young players in the NBA, his talents and effort alone have not translated into success for the Atlanta Hawks. During his time in the NBA, he has averaged close to 23.6 points per game and shot 34% from the three-point line.
Young is known for his great skills and handle. A traditional point guard, he has a great ability to hold the ball and control it. Young is not the tallest NBA player, standing at a mere 6’1. But He more than makes up for it with his skills on the ball.
Meanwhile, another exciting talent has emerged in the NBA in Zion Williamson. Williamson is one of the most anticipated talents in the NBA. Many analysts consider him to be the future face of the NBA. Williamson was touted as the most fascinating NBA entrant since LeBron James. Williamson was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Williamson is known for his intense athleticism. His leaping ability, speed, and vertical are astounding, especially given his large 6’6, 289-pound frame. His first season in the NBA was unfortunately derailed with injuries. Williamson only played 24 games, averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds. He was also a threat from beyond the arc, shooting at 43% in his maiden season.
Trae Young’s father Ray Young recently took to Twitter to shoot down comparisons between the two. Replying to a tweet asking whether fans would choose between Young’s skills or Williamson’s athleticism, Ray Young made some controversial remarks. He tweeted, “Both are extremely important. Athleticism is a gift from God. But skill is something that takes YEARS to be good at. And skills rarely die…..Don’t get it twisted”.
It’s safe to say that Young’s father clearly believes in him. But it appears that he was taking shots at Williamson. It’ll be interesting to see if someone from Zion’s camp responds to this.
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