Recently appearing on Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson's podcast "Road Trippin'", the talented forward not only claimed Young to be underrated league-wide but also among the top three-or four-point guards in the world.
"Trae Young, he's an underrated superstar because to me, he led the league in points and assists; but people don't talk about him like a top three or four points guard. But to me, he kind of is because he took Atlanta to the Eastern Conference Finals, and he passes, and he scores the ball as good as anyone"
MPJ has a lot of respect for Trae Young
On the surface, it's hard to argue with Porter Jr's assessment, especially considering Young's performances leading the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021 remains one of the more memorable playoff runs in recent memory.
During that postseason, the 24-year-old averaged an outstanding 28.8 points and 9.5 assists per game for the overachieving Hawks, who eventually bowed to the eventual-champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Hosts Jefferson and Frye were inclined to agree with Porter's stance that Young should be placed among the upper echelon of PGs; however, he went on to list the players he's up against for those honors.
Jefferson: "He belongs in that category, no one's saying that Trae aint that dude, but it's hard to like, when you got to surpass those guys. I'm not going to say he's better than Steph".
Frye: "Top five, for sure. But Luka's a point guard. Luka, Steph, Dame, Ja, Trae.”
Young has established himself as a true leader of the Hawks
Understandably, as the NBA landscape moves further into position-less basketball with each passing season, these conversations around the best player in their respective positions become increasingly more difficult.
As one example, the likes of Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has logged a healthy number of minutes at both the shooting guard and point guard positions during his career, which in turn can complicate the discussion.
Nevertheless, Young's name deserves to be in the conversation. Fresh off All-Star and All-NBA honors last campaign averaging 28.4 points per game and 9.7 assists per game, Porter Jr makes a case that's hard to fault.
Most importantly, the Hawks cornerstone has not rested on his laurels to begin this season. Despite the front office acquiring dynamic backcourt partner Dejounte Murray in the summer to pair with him, Young's currently averaging 27 points and 9.3 assists per game as the Hawks sit third in the Eastern Conference standings with a 9-5 record.