Trae Young has drawn comparisons to Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry and for good reason.
The Atlanta Hawks rookie thrives on taking shots from beyond the arc and Young has his eye on something that Curry has accomplished during his NBA career. In a recent interview Aaron Dodson of The Undefeated, Young revealed that he wants to break Curry’s single-game threes record and believes that it’s something that he’s capable of accomplishing.
“I would like to break it,” Young said. “I definitely feel like I’m capable of breaking it. But that’s a lot of threes in a game. I ain’t gonna lie.”
In a 116-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 7, 2016, Curry knocked down 13 threes throughout the game. The Warriors star guard connected on 16 of his 26 field goal attempts, including a 13-of-17 shooting performance from long-range. Curry finished the game with 46 points on his record-breaking night while also being four Warriors to dish out at least five assists.
That is certainly a lofty goal for Young considering that he yet to take the court in an NBA regular season game. However, Young has proved that he’s never afraid to pull the trigger on a shot from deep.
Young was one of the most impressive players in the world of college basketball this past season. He led Oklahoma to a 18-14 record and a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament where the Sooner ultimately fell to No. 7 seed Rhode Island in the First Round of the Midwest Region last month. Young finished off his collegiate career with 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go along with seven assists and five rebounds in a 39-minute showing.
Shortly following the season, Young announced his intentions to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft after just one year at Oklahoma. During his time at the collegiate level, Young averaged 27.4 points, 8.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals while also shooting 36.0 percent from beyond the arc.
“He’s Steph Curry, and he’s Steph Curry for a reason,” Young said. “I’m Trae Young, and I’m not gonna pride myself in being him. … Obviously, I wanna achieve the things that he’s achieved, but that doesn’t make me wanna be him. I wanna be my own person.”
Young is certainly confident to say the least this early in his NBA career. During his lone season with the Sooners, the sharpshooting guard attempted 10.3 shots from beyond the arc a night and attempted double-digit threes in 20 of those contests. While he only knocked down double-digit threes in one game as a freshman, the potential is definitely there with the abundance of shots that Young takes from deep. While shooting for the stars in terms of Curry’s record is quite ambitious. it’s clear that the young guard wants to be in the conversation of greatness.