Is Trae Young The Next Big Thing?

Is Trae Young The Next Big Thing?

Can this freshman phenom take it to the next level?
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Trae Young of the Oklahoma Sooners has become a freshman phenomenon. Averaging around 28 points per game and 9 assists per game, his numbers are incredible for a relatively unknown freshman, but the question is: Will Trae Young be the next big thing in basketball?

Young has been praised by coaches and players who are amazed at his talents. He was a nobody until he started putting up 40 point games in the season. He would shoot way behind the three-point line and drew comparisons to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Believing he can make it in the NBA has been debated by experts for a while.

It is assumed that he will forgo the rest of his college career and declare for the NBA Draft once the season is complete. This would make sense because he has all the hype right now of a top pick. Once he gets into the league then we'll see if he is the next big thing. Before the NBA, he still has to prove himself at the collegiate level.

Taking the comparison of Stephen Curry, they both share the same body type when Curry played at Davidson. The one difference that I see in these two is that Curry was nearly unstoppable in college. In the beginning of the season, Young, was unstoppable because he was a no-name player. Teams didn't know how to prepare for him. But, with the season winding down quickly, it is obvious teams are starting to figure out Young's game. With Curry, even if you scouted him thoroughly, it still wouldn't stop him from dropping 30 points on you. That is where I see Young struggle the most.

He is one-dimensional at times. This is not to say that he doesn't drive to the paint, but he doesn't change up his routine. If he doesn't shoot the three, then he will simply drive and not be unpredictable. A great basketball player is able to adapt to each team. If one team figures you out, then the rest will try and model themselves after that team. It's important to mix things up and keep teams on their toes. Young has not done that on a consistent basis.

I am not trying to critique the guy to death, but he has great potential and could prove to be dangerous in the NBA. That is a big if though. Players like Greg Oden, Brandon Jennings, Anthony Bennett and Derrick Williams have all been busts after being regarded as top-notch picks. It would be a shame to see Young take the same road of becoming a bust in the league.

Nothing is set in stone, but if Young can just improve his skill set and consistency. Then he will be a player that we could call the next Stephen Curry. Until then, let's just wait and see what Young does next for the Sooners and himself. He has that potential to be the next big thing but also has the potential to be yet another NBA bust.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

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18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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In game 1, LeBron James came out super aggressive. He was looking to score from the outset of the game and finished with a career playoff-high 51 points. He single-handedly kept his team in the game and were it not for a few questionable calls, and no calls, the Cavaliers could have gone up 1-0 in this series. A missed free throw by George Hill near the end of regulation would have put them up 1, but J.R. rebounded the miss and proceeded to run out the clock, rendering himself an instant meme and game 1 goat. The game ended up going into overtime, but that was all the opening Golden State needed to seize control of the game and they won in the extra time.

In game 2, despite a crazy hot start from the Golden Boys, Cleveland was hanging with them for most of the game. They were able to stifle each Golden State run with one of their own and seemed to be in a position to make a game out of it in the 4th. That proved to be fool's gold as game 2 turned out being the "Steph Curry Game." Curry had an NBA Finals record 9 made 3-pt shots and some were of the demoralizing variety. He finished with 33 points and the Warriors blew Cleveland out in game 2. KD added 26 points on 70% shooting while Klay also broke the 20-point barrier. Shaun Livingston and Javale Mcgee were perfect in the game shooting going a combined 11-11.

On the flip side, Lebron finished game 2 with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 13 assists, despite the team shooting 40% collectively. He was hitting guys for good looks and they couldn't capitalize. He was double-teamed most of the night and was forced to give up the ball, and his teammates couldn't get anything to fall. The Cavs live and die by the 3 with this roster because outside of LeBron there are no playmakers that can hurt you.

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