One NBA analyst believes that Young could be the ‘rarest’ point guard since Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.
Tare Young, the complete point guard
Many NBA scouts did not believe that Young could succeed at the NBA level. He’s already proved those doubters wrong. One thing about Young is that he knows how to score. Coming out of Oklahoma, Young led the nation in points, assists, points per game, assists per game, and assist percentage. Young displayed how talented he was in his first year of college basketball. One year was all it took for Young to make a name for himself.
When he got into the NBA, he didn’t waste any time displaying his talents. The Atlanta Hawks point guard averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game as a rookie. He went on to make the All-Rookie First Team and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting in a close race with Luka Doncic. The NBA was introduced to Young and saw that he had no problem playing in the league.
Young stepped his game up in his second season. He was named to his first All-Star team, and through 60 games, he averaged 29.6 points, 9.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. He made a huge jump in his production on the court. Watching Young play, you can see that he has all the tools for an elite point guard. He can handle the ball well, he can shoot at a high-level, and he knows how to make the right reads on offense and find the open guy. Young had all this success in just his second year, so who knows what he’s capable of in the future.
Isiah Thomas is the definition of a true point guard
Thomas is one of the best point guards ever to play the game. He won back-to-back NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990 and was the NBA Finals MVP in 1990. He was a major part of those championship teams. Thomas was fearless on the court and was a true competitor. He spent his entire career with the Pistons, and his No.11 jersey was retired by them.
Throughout his career, he averaged 19.2 points, 9.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. Thomas knew how to put his team in the best position to win basketball games, and that’s what a point guard is supposed to do. When the ball was in his hands, you knew that he was going to make the right decision, whether that was taking it upon himself to score or finding the open man. Thomas was a player that you wanted to have on your team.
Basketball analyst Rashad Phillips comparing Trae Young to Isiah Thomas
Rashad Phillips has established himself as a credible basketball analyst and has gained a lot of followers on social media. Phillips was a standout player in college and went on to play overseas. He is very high on Trae Young and believes that Young can become of the greatest point guards the league has ever seen.
On a live interview with Colin Cowherd on The Herd, Phillips talked about how good Young is. “Every great team in the NBA right now has one thing in common, and that’s a dynamic point guard, and Trae Young epitomizes the point guard position,” Phillips said. Phillips went to Twitter and talked more about how talented Young is. “Trae Young is on pace to be the most dangerous rarest PG we’ve seen since Isiah Thomas. His ability to extend defenses which opens gaps for opportunities for others is unlike anything in the past,” Phillips wrote on his Twitter. He’s been talking about Young since he was at Oklahoma, and he knew that he was going to be a special player in the league.