A Tale of Two Draft Picks: Luka Dončić vs. Trae Young

By Jason Sanford

With the third pick of the NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select Luka Dončić and with the fifth pick of the NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks select Trae Young.


Just these two picks in the NBA draft had the whole league in a frenzy. Hawk fans did not want the highly scouted prospect, former MVP of the Euro Basketball Leauge, Luka Dončić. Maverick fans certainly did not want the only player in history who ever lead the NCAA in points and assists in a single season, the winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award for National Freshman of the Year, Trae Young.


Both of these players are extremely gifted and talented but did not seem to fit with the perspective team they were drafted by. So, Dallas picked the phone and made a move on Luka. In exchange for Luka Dallas gave the draft rights of Trae Young and a 2019 first round pick.


Luka and Trae have fully accepted their role and the position they were put being drafted so high and traded for each other near minutes after they were drafted. At the start of the NBA season, both of these players have been inserted into the starting 5 with some big expectations knowing that they are the face of the franchise. Luka Dončić starting at forward for Dallas and Trae Young the starting point guard for the Hawks.

So on Wednesday, October 24, the two rookies finally got the chance to face off in the Hawks first home game of the season in the Hawks new Statefarm Arena. Coming into the game Trae Young leads rookies in points per game with 23 and assists with 8.3. Right behind him is Luka Dončić with 18.3 points per game and 4.3 assists.



Dallas blew a 26 point lead to the Hawks in a score of 111 to 104. Trae made some clutch buckets and free throws down the stretch of the game and finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in 26 minutes. Luka in 34 minutes finished the game with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. The two were battling throughout the whole game. Luka tried to use Trae as a mismatch and post him up, but Trae stole the ball. Both showing promise that they are ready to ball in the NBA.

After the game, the rookies dapped each other up showing respect to the other’s game. This is just the first meeting between the two, they are going to be forever entwined and compared with each other so they better get used to it. So who really won the trade the Hawks or the Mavs?



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