2018 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Trae Young

Trae Young (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Our look at the electrifying Oklahoma guard.

Perhaps no one in college basketball this past season was more entertaining with the ball in his hands than Oklahoma point guard Trae Young. The 6’2″ Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game in his one year stint with the Sooners, while also contributing about 4 rebounds per game.

One of the first things that becomes evident when observing Trae Young is his range as a shooter. He consistently knocked down three-point shots from 25+ foot range in his year with Oklahoma, drawing many comparisons to NBA superstar Stephen Curry. Young also showed an ability to make tight passes in traffic to find his teammates for open jump shots or layups.

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As the season progressed, defenses started to swarm Young and double-team him for entire games. This understandably led some of his averages to dip, and he drew some criticism for playing too much “hero ball” and not involving his teammates enough. This will certainly be a concern at the NBA level, as teamwork and trust are important aspects of the game, especially for young players.

One of Young’s obvious limitations is his defense, as he is not a particularly quick or big point guard. He did, however, average nearly two steals per game with the Sooners. Also, in the NBA, he won’t need to produce the kind of eye-popping offensive stats that he did at Oklahoma, so he should be able to focus more on improving his defense.

Trae Young likely won’t be a player that the Hawks look to draft with the third pick, as they already have Dennis Schroder (at least for the time being) and given the fact that Young doesn’t appear to be a top 3 talent.

Some have suggested the possibility of trading down with a team like the Orlando Magic or Cleveland Cavaliers in an attempt to get Young later in the lottery portion of the draft, which is definitely a possibility. However, in all likelihood, Trae Young will not end up wearing an Atlanta uniform in October.

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