When he was playing at the University of Oklahoma last season, Trae Young drew comparisons to Stephen Curry because of his shooting prowess. The 6-foot-2 Young would shoot 3-pointers from way beyond the college 3-point line, similar to how Curry shoots from deep in the NBA.
As a result, NBA scouts and fans said Trae Young was going to be the next Stephen Curry. However, Kevin Durant doesn't like that logic because Curry is a once in a generation talent and believes it puts extra pressure on Young.
“Trae Young being compared to Steph a lot, being compared to NBA megastars, it's unfair to them for one,” Durant said Monday. “Everybody's different, just their path and how they grew up playing the game, how they were taught, it's different for everyone.
“So you can't expect that same path, that same journey. I know it's the easy thing to do to compare young players to players that you only see on TV all the time. I think you should let everybody be who they are individually.”
Kevin Durant argues it’s not fair to Trae Young to being compared to Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/y6Ew3qxVvF
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 3, 2018
Through his first 23 games as a pro, Young is averaging 15.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.6 assists while shooting 37.8 percent from the field, 24.8 percent from the 3-point line and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line.
On the other hand, through his first 23 games in the NBA, Stephen Curry averaged 11.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He also shot 44.8 percent overall, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent from the charity stripe.
The Hawks can only hope Young takes the leap that Curry did.