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Published on December 1st, 2018 | by Landon Buford


Trae Young Is Going To Be His Own Player, Says Steph Curry

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young has been compared to former two-time MVP Stephen Curry, since his days at the University of Oklahoma.  One NBA legend doesn’t think he plays like Steph at all.

“I don’t really believe that,” said 17 year NBA veteran, Rod Strickland.

Young is a fan of Strickland and reached out to him for guidance this past summer before being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks.

“He reached out to me to ask me how he could ever have a game like that,”  Rod Strickland said on the Scoop B Radio podcast.

“I basically told him that that’s part of the process. What you experience one game is good because now you know what’s in front of you…I told him it’s going to make him better.”

In the 1988 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks took Strickland with the 19th overall pick.

Throughout his 17 seasons in the NBA Strickland played for nine teams the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors,  Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. He would also lead the league in assists during the 1998 season.

Strickland also sees Young playing in the league for a long time. “He’s really great at ball strength,” he said.

“He sees the court, so I think he has a bright future. The way the NBA is played now, with the court spread– whether he’s on the ball or off the ball, he can make plays, he can make shots.  The NBA is looking for shot makers. The NBA is threes, drop the ball and kick it to threes, transition threes, and ball screen. That’s mostly the NBA. I think he’s good enough to do that.”

Recently I spoke with Stephen Curry and asked him to break down the similarities and differences between his and Young’s games.

“My name is Stephen Curry and his name is Trae Young and we are two different players. Obviously, I encourage him to continue to be himself and learn. He is going to be great, but he is going to be his own player,” Curry told me.

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