Trae Young pulls from several NBA point guards in working with trainer, including Steph Curry

Alex Bazzell, a trainer who has worked with Trae Young since last summer, sees that playmaking and passing ability as a strength.

In working together this spring, Bazzell says Young has been pulling from several point guards in building his game. They’ve imitated how Steve Nash and Chris Paul come off ball screens and lose defenders. They’ve worked on his mid-range shot, watching how Damian Lillard has used his shoulders and played physically. Kyrie Irving was used as an example of how to finish around the rim.

There are parts of Curry’s game they have worked on, too. Curry has an excellent ability to separate himself in space and get into the lane, and the next part of Young’s maturation will be to work on rotations, making cross-court passes and relocating to a new spot on the floor.

via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

Trae Young to watch film with Fizdale after workout, appreciates his authenticity

After his workout, Trae Young said he would be watching film with new coach David Fizdale.

“He’s a great dude,” Young said. “Great coach. Everything I’ve heard about him, he’s amazing. He’s very energetic. He’s a guy who keeps it real as you. Me as a player who wants to be great. You want someone like that, who’s going to push you, who’s going to make you better, who’s going to keep it real with you. I really like Coach Fizdale.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Knicks have dinner with Trae Young ahead of first workout, give first impressions

He’s a little bit bigger than he looked on the court — a little bit bigger — but he’s an intriguing talent,” Steve Mills said Monday at a gala hosted by the Hospital of Special Surgery to honor former Knicks great Bill Bradley. “You look at what (Young) did with the players he had around him and what he was doing at the start of the season, you have to say this guy has the chance to be a special player.”

“When I went to see him play at the tournament — and that was the first time I’ve seen him live — I was really impressed with the way he moves the basketball,” Mills said. “He sees everything on the floor, he’s willing to release the ball and get it out on the fastbreak. So his ability to see was really impressive.”

via Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News

Cleaning the Glass: How Trae Young’s long threes impacted his overall shooting percentage

Trae Young took 241 of his 325 three-point shots (74%) from beyond the NBA arc (excluding heaves). He hit 33% of those shots. Of those 241 NBA threes, a staggering 102 of them came from roughly 30 feet. In other words, almost a third of his total three-point attempts came from about 6 feet beyond the NBA line.

And that distance had an impact: Young hit just 26% of those deep threes. Clearly, then, Young’s shot selection dragged down his shooting percentage.

via Bjorn Zetterberg, Cleaning the Glass

Trae Young will workout with Knicks on Tuesday in New York

Oklahoma freshman point guard Trae Young is headed to New York and will stage a workout for the Knicks on Tuesday in Tarrytown, according to an NBA source.

It is believed to be Young’s first individual workout, as he’s been training in Los Angeles since March 21. The Post reported Young will work out for fewer than a half-dozen teams. Young reportedly also will work out for Orlando, which holds the No. 6 pick and is a popular destination in mock drafts.

via Marc Berman, New York Post


Report: Trae Young will workout for Knicks in New York

Despite the Knicks picking ninth in the June 21 NBA Draft, Oklahoma star point guard Trae Young has decided to give them a private workout at the team facility in Tarrytown, according to an NBA source […]

An NBA source said Knicks scout Matt Harding recently visited the Norman, Okla., campus to interview coaches, professors and trainers about Young.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Knicks have hots for Trae Young?

Multiple league sources told me that the Knicks have the hots for the Oklahoma point guard, so the interest is mutual. It’s easy to understand why: Young is an ideal fit alongside Frank Ntilikina, whom the Knicks view as a 2-guard who can occasionally run the offense. Ntilikina could space the floor to allow Young to work his magic on the ball; conversely, Young can race through screens off the ball to get open for 3s while Ntilikina initiates the offense. It’d be a perfect pairing to ease the workload on Kristaps Porzingis.

via Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer

Knicks met with Trae Young, hope to conduct workout

Oklahoma guard Trae Young met with the Knicks at the NBA Draft Combine, but he isn’t sure if he’ll work out for them.

He said he’ll let his agent decide that.

It all depends on my agent and where he thinks I should work out and all that,” Young said. “To be honest, that stuff’s really not up to me. It’s where my agent feels I should go.”

via Al Iannazzone, Newsday

Knicks hope to workout Trae Young and Mo Bamba, open to trading up

A source said the Knicks are hopeful to have point guard Trae Young and Harlem center Mohamed Bamba work out in Tarrytown, though neither is expected to fall to No. 9. They are among their planned interviews here.

Perry didn’t rule out trading up in the draft.

“I think you have a loose idea of where guys may fall,’’ Perry said. “Historically, I’ve liked to broaden that range because going into the draft you never know what could occur. There may be trade opportunities to move up or down.’’

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Trae Young’s father compares his son to Collin Sexton

Trae Young’s father Ray: “I know Sexton’s family. I’ve known Collin the last couple of years through AAU, high school basketball so first of all, if any of those guys get drafted by the Knicks, the Knicks are getting two great men,” Ray said. “But the way they’re different — I think Trae does it all.

“I think it really gets overlooked that he led the country in points and assists. Not only did he do that as a college player, but he did that as a freshman. I just don’t see people talking about that and the one thing people don’t realize about Trae is he loves to pass the ball. He’s only just been able to score because he can shoot and his goal is to lead the NBA in assists. With a player like Collin, what he can bring is that he’s a dog — not saying Trae isn’t a dog — but Collin is going to go at you, all day, all night. It just depends what a team wants. That’s not to say Collin is not an all-around player or an all-around point guard, but Trae’s proven.”

via Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News

Trae Young to interview with Knicks Friday

“That’s what Trae lives for. He lives for that type of stuff. Just think about it: He’s probably the most talked about, most publicized kid in this draft and he’s been through it all,” Young’s father, Ray, told the Daily News. “Trae’s been scrutinized to the point that he has thick skin. None of that stuff is going to bother him. He was like the darling of college basketball for three months, and then the last month-and-a-half he turned into a bad guy, for some reason.

So for him to be in a market like New York and understand that it’s all about winning — and if you don’t win, there’ll be some scrutiny — he’s already been through it.”

via Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News