Trae Young captured the basketball community at the University of Oklahoma with his long-range shooting and ability to pass the ball. Because of his skillset alongside his physical appearance, he drew the comparison to a two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
Young would eventually become a No. 5 pick in the draft and was selected by the Atlanta Hawks.
The young sharpshooter has also been investing a lot of time rewatching tape of his air-balled jumpers during the Summer League, and he didn’t allow the lowlights to have a negative impact on him.
“It’s tough, it’s tough, an airball is one of the worst feelings for me,” Young told Yahoo Sports. “It stays with me for 2.2 seconds … and then you have to move on. I’m at the point where it’s a next-shot mentality. I’m going to miss shots. I learn to accept that. Everybody expects me to go 30-for-30 every night, but that’s realistically not going to happen.”
In his first three games during the Summer League, he was averaging 12.6 points. After a slow start, Young responded with a much better performance in the games played in Las Vegas. Young averaged 17 points, 6.8 assists and shot 39 percent from 3-point land. His shot became more consistent and was making shots from pretty much anywhere on the floor in his final two games when he scored 24 and 23 points.
His coach Lloyd Pierce simply said: “Keep shooting”
There were a lot of comparisons made that he is second coming of Stephen Curry, and yet the most revered player in his mind is another back-to-back MVP.
I try to be Steve Nash more than Steph,” Young told Yahoo Sports. “I do blend Nash and Steph a lot, but my favorite player growing up was Steve Nash. I get a lot of Steph comparisons, and I agree I do have a few attributes that are similar to Steph. But Steve Nash is a Hall of Famer, though, and Steph will be one day, too. I know I always have to show and prove my passing ability. I have to get better on that aspect, and I definitely work on that a lot.
“I shoot my shots, and sometimes they’re going to go in, sometimes they’re not. I live with that. Everyone on the outside might come down on me, but I put in the reps so I’m confident every time I shoot.