The definition of a point guard has evolved over time on the NBA side. We can find on the one hand pure passers, capable of scoring, like Chris Paul. Stephen Curry? He will be more likely to chain baskets than anything else, at least according to JR Smith. The former Cavalier was quick to compare the Warrior to Kyrie Irving, as well as this rising star.
What is a playmaker today? The definition is no longer the same as before, with a Steph Curry considered a position 1 at the Warriors, but who nevertheless prefers most often to score. After all, we are talking about the best shooter in history, so it is difficult to blame him. On the other, we can find profiles like Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, where the pass remains the providential gesture. The position is the same, but the qualities sometimes differ.
Trae Young, on the heels of Steph Curry?
Kyrie Irving can be sided with Curry, as the point guard is known for his ball-in-hand prowess, although he’s good at passing. Another that should be included in this category? Trae Young, who was regularly compared to the Chief upon his arrival in the NBA, and with good reason. For JR Smith, we are not really talking about a leader here, since according to him, their priority remains to score.
Trae Young? He’s not really a leader, in the sense that he doesn’t want to involve the other players. He’s a scorer. When you look closer at Trae, you see a player like Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry. He is seen as a leader via his situation, but in reality, he is a scorer. It takes him away from the area in which he excels.
We imagine that Smith does not seek to tackle Curry and company, but let’s say that we have seen better as a compliment. Plus, reducing Young to a scoring role might not be the smartest thing. Recall that the leader of Atlanta turned 9.7 assists last year, which made him the 3rd best in the league. Not bad for a player described here as a simple scorer?
Someone has not watched much of Trae (JR). Saying he isn’t as willing of a pass? Lead the league in assists
—David Bridges (@david__bridges) July 31, 2022
Has anyone watched a lot of games with Trae? To say that he is only ready to pass? He leads the league in assists.
Trae is one of the best passers in the NBA, not just volume of assists but quality. Guy basically teleports the ball… shooters across court, lobs, bigs right under the basket. Has one of the deepest bags out there. Love DJM, but Trae is a better floor general.
—zgooDM (@zgooDM) July 31, 2022
Trae is one of the best passers in the NBA, not in quantity, but in quality. The guy allows the ball to teleport to the shooters on the other side of the field. He may have the biggest arsenal in the league.
Trae Young is a formidable player, and definitely far from being a simple scorer. The sentence is also valid for Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving, who will not necessarily appreciate JR Smith’s statement. The controversy could well swell.