Even before he made it to the league, Trae Young was drawing plenty of contrasting takes.
Some compared him to Stephen Curry and thought he'd be a superstar, others criticized his lack of size and poor defense and thought he'd be more of a Jimmer Fredette 2.0.
Clearly, the latter group was mistaken, as Young just signed a max contract extension and looks poised to be one of the faces of the league for many years to come.
The young Hawks will only go as far as Young can lead them. And, according to coach Nate McMillan, he's got those intangibles and has adapted in a very similar way that Michael Jordan did:
“He’s got one of those fast cars," coach McMillan told Sports Illustrated. You can’t drive that car the same way on a sunny day as you can when it’s raining and snowing out there. And he was playing fast. He was taking the same shots that he was taking in the first quarter and in the fourth quarter. He wasn’t adapting to conditions.”
“It’s similar to Michael Jordan when he first came into the league. He started to trust his teammates. And then he started winning championships," he added.
Ok, maybe comparing Trae Young to Michael Jordan is a big reach and it's still too early to have that conversation.
Then again, Young has already proven that he can thrive under pressure. The Hawks were pretty close to making it to the NBA Finals despite their lack of experience, and Young's injury took a massive toll on those chances.
Just like it happened with the comparisons with Stephen Curry, maybe we should just watch Young's career unfold and stop trying to compare him to other players. He's a player of his own and will only get better with time.