Is Trae Young the next Steph Curry
From today's perspective, it was a real blockbuster trade that took place in New York on the evening of June 21, 2018.
In Phoenix and Sacramento, those responsible are still likely to wonder how this happened. After DeAndre Ayton was drafted by the Suns in the 2018 NBA draft and Marvin Bagley III went to the Kings, the Atlanta Hawks brought Luka Doncic in third place.
Two positions later, the Dallas Mavericks took Trae Young and traded him directly to the Atlanta Hawks plus an additional first-round pick for the 2019 draft. In return, the Mavericks received Doncic.
A year and a half after that day, Doncic has a chance of winning the MVP award with just 20 years and Young recently reached the mark of at least 30 points and ten assists in one game for the twelfth time. As a result, he overtook LeBron James, who delivered eleven games in this category by the age of 22.
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But which of the two teams made the better deal in June 2018?
Both teams have benefited from draft trade
The short answer is: Both of them have benefited tremendously. But if you go into detail, if you look at the numbers, you will notice that Doncic with 30 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.2 assists compared to 28.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists from Young Standard categories are ahead of the curve.
"I would never have thought that Luka would hit such a season," said Dirk Nowitzki SPORT1-Demand. "I thought the second year would be difficult, but he continued to improve, in the litter, in decision-making situations. It's really fun to watch him."
Big words of a legend, but Young has advantages when throwing from beyond the triple line, where he hits almost 38 percent, while Doncic takes about one more triple per game, but only sinks them with a 32 percent probability.
On the defensive, both Young and Doncic are not feared for their elitist defense work.
But one of the two has had enough of constant comparison. It is "annoying to keep asking about the trade," Young recently admitted ESPN and added: "There are two totally different situations, two different players. He plays well, I play well. Just let it be."
Young is reminiscent of Stephen Curry
Purely in terms of the style of play, the young Hawks-Guard is certainly right with his statement, because he himself can be compared more with the currently injured Stephen Curry.
His values in the second year, the 2010/11 season (18.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists) cannot keep up with Young's current values, but the NBA is currently more offensive than ever. On the other hand, in Curry's second NBA year, a little more emphasis was placed on defense.
While the three-time NBA champion is arguably the best scorer in history, Young impresses above all with his gift for assists. The 21-year-old can always put his teammates in the limelight, but is also always able to seek the conclusion himself. In short: Young is already astonishingly mature and serene for his age.
Of course, Doncic, who was already able to prove himself in the Euroleague at the age of 16, is a bit ahead of him and plays with the better team (16-7), while Young provides the highlights with the currently fifth-worst team in the league (6-18).
However, in addition to Young, the Hawks received another player in this year's draft. Because the Mavericks had also sent a protected first-round pick to Atlanta to get Doncic.
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The final spurt will probably cost Dallas a draft pick
If Dallas had finished in the top five in the draft order, they would have been able to keep it and would have been the clear winner of the deal.
But after a strong but unnecessary final spurt in Nowitzki's farewell season - among other things, the Warriors were beaten - the starting position for the Draft Lottery was worse than expected. At the draw, they were given tenth place, so that the pick automatically went to the Hawks.
The Georgia state franchise selected Cam Reddish, who previously played at Duke College. With statistics of 8.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists, he at least indicates his potential, but still has problems with his throw (32 percent throw rate).
Ultimately, no clear winner of the deal can be named at the moment, as both Young and Doncic work extremely well in their teams and the Hawks have also received Reddish to compensate for Doncic's lead.
Young and Doncic with a new era?
If the deal hadn't come about, both players would probably not have been able to show their current performances.
Rookie Young would probably have been left out of the Mavericks under Rick Carlisle after his difficult start; while Doncic would not have been given so much responsibility in Atlanta from the start, as there was not as much experience with European stars as in Dallas after two Nowitzki decades.
But now it seems clear that Young and Doncic will have a decisive influence on the next NBA decade with their achievements and a rivalry similar to that of "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird.
June 21, 2018 will connect them forever.
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