The Dallas Mavericks originally drafted Trae Young with the 5th pick in this year’s draft, but immediately traded his draft rights along with a first-round pick in next season’s draft for Luka Doncic. Young is currently averaging 15.4 points per game, 2.8 total rebounds, and 7.2 assists thus far this season for the Hawks. Atlanta is now sitting in the 13th spot in the Eastern Conference with a 6-20 record through 26 games.
Before he was drafted Young visited with NBA legend Rod Strickland. Strickland is currently the program manager for the NBA G League’s professional path. Young has been on the record stating that Rod Strickland has been influential to his career and give good advice. Strickland was a guest on the Scoop B Radio Podcast hosted By Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson earlier this year to chat, and during their conversation they discussed Young.
“I’m a fan, and I’m honored that he said that,” Rod Strickland told Robinson.
“He reached out to me to ask me how he could ever have a game like that. 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.”
He would continue:
“He’s really great at ball strength, 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, Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks were in Dallas to play the Dallas Mavericks. After morning shootaround I spoke with young about his visit with Strickland prior to the 2018 NBA draft.
“Rod is a legend he is one that played this game. Just being able to learn and him give me advice is really good for me,” said Young.
I followed that question by asking would he have gone the G-League route if it was able this past year and his thoughts on Rod Strickland new role with the league.
“I would have done the same thing I did and gone to college, but I am happy for him.”