The Atlanta Hawks have been heavily criticized for their infamous trade with the Dallas Mavericks involving rookie Luka Doncic. In last year’s draft, the Hawks traded Doncic for Trae Young and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick from the Mavericks.
While the 19-year-old Slovenian born, Doncic, has shocked everyone with just how talented of a rookie he is, the Hawks remain positive about the trade and what they gave up.
Trae Young spoke on ESPN’s The Jump recently and announced that he believes it’s a win-win trade for both teams.
"Obviously I hear everything that goes on. You can't miss it," Young said. "Luka's having a really good year so far. And for me, all I do is try to focus on myself and my team. I know it's easy to say, but I'm really dedicated to working extremely hard every day for my teammates and things like that.
"And I think at the end of the day it worked out for both teams," he added. "That's how I look at it. I mean, Luka's doing really well. I feel like I'm doing really well as well."
While Luka Doncic has risen to fame, securing a spot in the All-Star games and being the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, Young has also been quite impressive. Although he may not be as consistent as he likes, Trae Young is still able to put up some impressive numbers, he is currently averaging 16.2 points and 7.3 assists per game.
The Atlanta rookie sure isn’t lacking any confidence, he claims that in five to ten years from now, he will be the more impressive player of the two.
"In my eyes, it's not a question -- it's going to be me," Young said when asked who would be seen as the better player in five to 10 years. "But that's just the competitive nature in my blood, and I think that's the no-brainer with me."
Although there’s no way of knowing, this sure does make it interesting watching these two go head to head over the next few years.