Trae Young is well aware he will always be linked with Luka Doncic due to the famous draft-night trade involving the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks swapping the two young stars.
The young player understands that, but now that doesn’t mean he doesn’t find the endless comparisons between himself and Doncic frustrating.
“For me, it bothers me — I just love playing basketball, I know he does,” Young recently said in an interview with Royce Young of ESPN. “So it bothers me because it’s annoying just getting asked about it all the time. But I know it comes with it. I didn’t ask for it to happen, but it happened. … It’s two totally different situations, two totally different players. He’s playing well, I’m playing well. Just let it be.”
Back in the day, Atlanta selected Doncic with the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Young was taken two spots later at No. 5 by the Mavs. After that, they exchanged draft rights, with Atlanta also obtaining a future first-round pick (which ultimately ended up being Cam Reddish).
Both Young and Doncic have enjoyed a sweet start to their careers in the association, although Doncic has an edge over Young at this point. Luka is getting better by the day and his improvement is huge after winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award at the end of last season.
Curiously, Young was second when Doncic received the award.
“We’re going to be compared throughout our whole careers,” Young said. “That’s fine, that’s what it’s going to be — it happened on draft night, and I don’t think it will stop until we’re both retired.”
Right now we only have to enjoy these players’ games and see them become the faces of the league in the future.