Trae Young

Steph Curry's passing inferior to Trae Young as prospect, Larry Riley says

Steph Curry's passing inferior to Trae Young as prospect, Larry Riley says

The comparisons were inevitable for Trae Young and Steph Curry.

As soon as Young began lighting up social media and became a nightly fixture on SportsCenter with his dazzling highlights at Oklahoma, NBA fans immediately began tabbing the 6-foot-1 point guard as the heir apparent to Curry's limitless range.

Former Warriors general manager Larry Riley was the man who selected Curry back in 2009 at No. 7 overall, and now works in the Atlanta Hawks' front office that nabbed Young at No. 5 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Riley joined KNBR on Monday, and explained that although the two had obvious similarities coming into the NBA, only one aspect of Young's game was more impressive to Riley than Curry when he came out of Davidson.

"The only thing he had over Steph was he's probably a little bit better passer," Riley told Greg Papa and John Lund. "The rest of it, Steph has the advantage. And Trae is still growing into the role that we'd like to see him take, he's done very well with it, and we just hope he continues to progress."

Riley currently serves as the senior adviser to Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk, who worked in the Warriors' front office for over a decade before taking the Atlanta job back in 2017.

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While Steph's legend coming out of college came primarily because of his ability to pull up from all over the court and hit wild 3-point shots, Young's propensity for dimes set social media ablaze on a nightly basis.

Curry averaged just 5.6 assists per game in his junior season at Davidson, while Young was dishing out 8.7 assists per game as a freshman in a very competitive Big 12 Conference,

Young's ability to shoot was no joke either coming out of Oklahoma, and he's even made some bold predictions about usurping Curry as the NBA's best shooter in the very near future. 

At only 21 years old, Young has plenty of time to chase Curry's throne and become the next top point guard in the Association. But for at least the next few years, Curry doesn't sound like he has any interest in giving up that crown.

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Kings' Buddy Hield drops 45 points in Skinz League game in Oklahoma

Kings' Buddy Hield drops 45 points in Skinz League game in Oklahoma

There are plenty of Kings players that either stayed in Sacramento or have already come back to work on their game with the trainers and coaching staff. Buddy Hield is not one of those players.

Hield has posted workout videos, both of him shooting hoops and grinding in the weight room in Texas. On Wednesday evening, he even showed up and played a game in the Skinz League in Oklahoma.

According to Lee Benson of News 9 in Oklahoma City, Hield dropped in 13 3-pointers on his way to 45 points. The video shows Hield looking in game shape while sporting a beard.

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The Kings’ shooting guard isn’t the only NBA player to suit up in the Skinz League. Trae Young, another former Oklahoma Sooner and current star guard for the Atlanta Hawks, went for 43 points earlier this month.

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While it’s good to see Hield getting up shots, it should be noted that fans are in attendance during the games and a quick scan of the crowd shows no one wearing a mask, outside of Hield, who had one on during warmups.

Hield has until June 21 to report to Sacramento and the NBA will begin coronavirus testing on June 22 with the hopes of restarting the league on July 30th in Orlando.

Trae Young stands by claim to pass Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter

Trae Young stands by claim to pass Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter

Trae Young raised some eyebrows in April when he boldly claimed he would catch Steph Curry as the NBA's top shooter in one year.

The Atlanta Hawks star is one of the best young players in the NBA, but passing Curry as the best shooter in the league would be a tall task for anyone. As any young player chasing greatness has to do, Young set his sights at the top of the mountain. But he's quick to note his comments were no disrespect to the Warriors superstar.

“I have a lot of respect for Steph," Young said on Showtime's "All The Smoke" podcast. "He’s done so much, I mean, MVPs. I think if it weren’t for Steph there wouldn’t be, maybe, a Trae Young. Steph is the first to do what he’s doing.

"I got a lot of love for Steph and everything he’s done.”

While Young was averaging 29.6 points per game when the NBA season was suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, he was shooting just 36.1 percent from 3-point range and just 34.4 percent from downtown for his career. Contrast that with Curry, who never has shot under 41.1 percent from distance in his career -- not counting the five games he played this season where he hit on just 24.5 percent of his looks while missing most of the season with a broken hand.

Young has a long way to go to even enter the realm of best shooter in the game, but the Oklahoma product isn't backing down from his claim.

“For me, I’m very confident,” Young said. “Shaq was trying to get that out of me. He knows how confident I am in myself and my work and what I put in. That’s what it is.”

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Young's talent is undeniable, but he's going to have to take another leap to reach the stratosphere in which Curry resides.

NBA history is littered with the bones of players who reached for greatness but fell short of their desired goal.

Curry is the best shooter in NBA history. He exists in rarified air. Young is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA, but he has some work to do.

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