Trae Young calls playing against Michael Porter Jr. ‘a dream come true’
Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young said playing against Michael Porter Jr. in Monday night’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets was a “dream come true.”
Young and Porter share a bond that goes back to their high school days, as they both played for the MOKAN Elite in the AAU. Two of the most highly-recruited players in their class, Young and Porter Jr. went 5th and 14th, respectively, in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Porter’s Nuggets got the better of Young and the Hawks on Monday, with Nikoa Jokic leading Denver to a 123-115 victory by way of a career-high 47-point performance. Young logged 39 minutes, scoring 29 points and 12 assists. Porter, on the other hand, had just four points in his 20 minutes of action.
Following the game, Young and Porter swapped jerseys as a sign of respect:
MPJ and @TheTraeYoung's bond goes back to their HS days 🤝
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 7, 2020
With their loss to the Nuggets on Monday night, the Hawks now own the worst record in the NBA at 8-29 overall. Making things a bit worse is the fact that they have been defeated in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Hawks will be back in action on Wednesday, when they’ll serve as hosts to the Houston Rockets. Tip-off inside State Farm Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.