Compared to this past spring, the range of opinions on Atlanta Hawks' rookie Trae Young’s trajectory have narrowed. Once at about a 50/50 bust to All-Star ratio, the doubters are fewer and far between now that they've seen Young play at the NBA level. But they are still there. Of course, both the criticism and praise come with the caveat that they are based in projection and not a take on his current status, but many critics still maintain that his high turnover rate and inability to guard will not be outweighed by his superlative shooting.
No matter how you shake it though, Young is ahead of schedule. At just over 20 years old, he could use the next two years as game speed shooting drills (he pretty much already is) and still be on pace with the development of Steph Curry. Sorry, we have to—because, well, any Young evaluation is in comparison with Curry.
In college, the Curry comparisons were natural—both players were walking heat checks that launched threes that seemed to have the intent to make things personal, with baby faces that rub in their stature even further. However, that might be where the current comparisons end.