Trae Young admitted he grew up watching Stephen Curry and while their games have many differences, the Hawks superstar stated that the four-time NBA champion has set the standard for the rest of the league.
“Yeah, I mean, it was just as fine as when he [Curry] won his first one by himself with KT [Thompson], and I was in middle school and high school back then, so I remember being a kid watching him back then, and just being a fan then, and now,” Young said in an interview with Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
Many fans and NBA peers compared Young’s game to Curry due to the former Oklahoma star’s ability to make deep threes. While both can light it up in the offensive end, and they’re elite shot-makers, they’re certainly doing it in different ways.
“I mean, being in the league, going against him, I think our games are different, but they’re similar in certain areas, and I definitely want to be a champion, so he’s set the standard,” Young noted.
The Hawks point guard was also spotted training with Curry recently, and he spoke about that experience during his sit down with Vincent Goodwill. Young said that he’s always going to take every opportunity to learn from the league’s best point guards.
“I’m a student of the game, so I’m just always trying to learn and trying to get better,” Young said.
“Every summer, I really dedicate that time to getting better, and anytime I’m able to be in the gym, or I get asked the opportunity to go spend some time with some of these guys. I mean, I’m always gonna jump up and go do it because I want to be a better basketball player.”
The Hawks are entering the new season with the hope of a successful regular season and a deep playoff run after making a trade that brought former Spurs’ guard Dejounte Murray to Atlanta. The Hawks barely made the playoffs last season before losing to Miami in the first round.