NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS (TRAE YOUNG)

NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

TRAE YOUNG

TRAE YOUNG 2018 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

COLLEGE: OKLAHOMA

HEIGHT: 6’2″

WEIGHT: 175 POUNDS

POSITION: POINT GUARD

CLASS: FRESHMAN

PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION:    TOP 7 PICK 

SCOUTING REPORT

 

There’s a famous quote from former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, which actually seems relevant in the case of Trae Young’s prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft:

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

During the 2009 NBA Draft, five different NBA teams passed on a sweet-shooting sparkplug that captivated the nation’s imagination with his offensive prowess, because they all deemed him “too small” to succeed in the NBA. Three NBA Championship wins and two MVP Awards later, Stephen Curry may go down as the greatest shooter in the history of the league.

We’re not necessarily saying that Trae Young from the University of Oklahoma will be a Hall of Fame player himself, or even the next Stephen Curry, but you’d think that NBA teams would learn their lesson in writing off Young because of his size, after seeing how things transpired with Curry.

Nobody will question the fact that Trae Young is an offensive dynamo. Like Curry, Young fearlessly launches shots from as far as 35 feet away from the basket, and draining them with devastating regularity. Like Curry, Young’s proclivity for taking — and making — absolutely incredible shots from ridiculous ranges has devastating results on his opponents. The comparisons to Curry don’t just end there.


Young is able to control the ball like it’s on a string attached to his finger, and start and stop his drives on a dime. He has that Curry-like ability to create just the right amount of space and separation from defenders to either get his shot off, or to create a lane to drive to the hoop. And when he’s driving, he’s an absolute contortionist, in the way he’s able to finish around the rim.

What’s more incredible is the fact that Young also leads the nation in assists per game, despite averaging the second-most shots taken per game in the country as well. In other words, he’s a one man offensive wrecking ball.

Even if you want to take all of that into account as rationale for overcoming his limited size, the other question will be whether or not his overall athletic limitations will become a factor at the next level. At the collegiate level, Young is utilizing his off-the-charts basketball IQ and overall basketball skills to to compensate for the fact that he’s really not an elite athlete, and his 6-2 wingspan leaves something to be desired from a length standpoint.

Both of those will be further magnified when he gets to the NBA and professional coaches challenge him to play defense as well. Not all elite scorers who make it to the NBA will end up on a team where they’ll be able to hide “hide him” on defense (similar to what the Boston Celtics did with Isaiah Thomas for much of the 2016-2017 season).

Still, it’s hard not to see why Young has garnered comparisons to Curry and Steve Nash. You can knock Young for the things that you can measure, but he continues to prove, on a nightly basis, that it’s the things you can’t measure with him that make him such a special talent. Trae Young should hear his name called within the first 7 picks of the 2018 NBA Draft. There is a chance that he ends up being a top 3 selection. 

 

PRO’S AND CON’S OF TRAE YOUNG’S OVERALL GAME

PRO’S

Offensive dynamo

Phenomenal shooter

Outstanding range

Excellent ball-handling and passing abilities

High Basketball IQ

A leader on the court

CON’S

Is a limited defender

Slight frame

Not a great athlete

 

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