Trae Young aspires to be like Chris Paul when he fully establishes himself in the NBA.
Not only on the court, but off of it as well.
“The way Chris carries himself, the way he gives back and the way he is with younger players is the same way I want to be when I get older,” Young told Chris Kirschner of The Athletic.
Trae Young, 20, mentioned that he has always admired the selfless nature in which Chris Paul cohered himself with over the course of his 14 years as a pro. After a conversation between the two guards took place in November 2016, when the LA Clippers showed up to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for a matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was Paul who propelled Young to grasp what he genuinely wanted to gain out of playing the game.
Similar to Paul, Young lost his grandfather when he was still just a senior in high school. The person who was one of the first devotees in his future in the NBA.
“Ever since then, I started carrying myself differently and started thinking about the game differently,” Young said. “I realized that night that I don’t play for myself. I play for others.”
If there is one prevalent element in this era of basketball, it’s that the players who have the most endearing motivation for the game usually are the ones who are toughest to fade out of the league.
The attitude the Oklahoma product has inherited from Paul will likely lead him down that very path.
Trae Young has made his case for Rookie of the Year — averaging 17.5 points (second-highest among rookies), 3.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists on 41.0 percent shooting from the field.