Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Younger and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic will at all times be linked after the 2 gamers have been traded for each other on draft night time in 2018.
Each gamers had phenomenal rookie seasons for his or her revered groups as Doncic completed the 2018-19 season with averages of 21.2 factors, 7.Eight rebounds, 6.zero assists, 1.1 steals, and 32.2 minutes over 72 video games. Younger’s rookie marketing campaign wrapped up with marks of 19.1 factors, 8.1 assists and three.7 rebounds over 30.9 minutes in 81 video games.
Nonetheless, Doncic can be named the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the 12 months. Younger would end because the runner up, and the 2 can be unanimously chosen to the NBA All-Rookie First Staff.
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Trae Younger Felt Disrespected on Draft Evening
The Hawks rising star, alongside together with his teammate John Collins have been latest company on ‘The SWAG Store‘ hosted by Grammy award-winning artist Killer Mike. Throughout the episode, Younger was requested to share his ideas on how he felt after being traded on draft night time.
Trae Younger: “I noticed numerous video on draft night time, the entire commerce factor right here and every thing that went down.
Killer Mike: “How did it really feel? You form of alluded to it, however how did it really feel, and the way does it really feel now?”
TY: “I simply felt disrespected, I imply, firstly of all of it, I simply felt disrespected simply from every thing I did in faculty, that I felt like I had one thing to show,” stated Younger.
“And it wasn’t essentially something private with Luka, however to point out individuals why Atlanta introduced me right here.”
KM: “What’s it been like adjusting to this system?”
TY: “I feel after that first month is once I actually began to get a circulation of issues. Individuals say it was two halves of the season, and I disagree with that,” Younger stated.
Jason Kidd & TJ Kidd Weighed in on the Rookie of 12 months Race Final Season
Jason Kidd isn’t any stranger to Rookie of the 12 months controversy. Like Younger, he got here on sturdy late in the course of the 1994-95 season in Dallas, whereas Grant Hill was the frontrunner all season. The 2 ended up changing into co-Rookie of the 12 months that season. Again in March of 2019, Kidd was on ESPN’s The Leap and mentioned the race between Doncic and Younger.
“I really feel like I’m Trae Younger. I got here on late in my Rookie 12 months,” stated Kidd. “Grant [Hill] had it sewed up, and he had it gained, and I feel Trae is enjoying at a excessive degree, however Luka I feel once more for the season. We discuss in regards to the marathon, and Luka has achieved it from begin to end.”
Grant Hill averaged 19.9 factors, 6.four rebounds, and 5.zero assists for the Detroit Pistons in the course of the 1994-95 season. Kidd averaged 11.7 factors, 5.four rebounds, and seven.7 assists for the Dallas Mavericks.
The day of the NBA Awards earlier this yr, Heavy.com’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson spoke with Kidd’s son, TJ, and the 2 mentioned the potential for having one other pair of co-Rookie of the 12 months winners.
“There’s been numerous speak about there being Co-Rookie of the 12 months this yr,” T.J. Kidd informed Robinson.
“One of many final occasions that occurred was with my dad and Grant Hill in the course of the 1994-95 season. I feel that after all, it will be cool to see it occur once more. I feel Luka and Trae are each phenomenal basketball gamers and can proceed to be nice as their careers progress. I feel they each deserve the award. They each had phenomenal seasons for Dallas and Atlanta. They have been numerous enjoyable to look at this previous season. I’m excited to see how the voting goes.”
Robinson reported the feat has occurred a number of different occasions previously as properly. Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie shared it for the 1970-71 season. Steve Francis and Elton Model shared it in the course of the 1999-00 season.
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