Trae Young worries there might be only one thing that could put a stop to the seemingly endless Luka Doncic comparisons.

“Retirement,” Young says with a laugh. “I think that’s what it’s gonna take.”

The two electric guards have been tied to each other since the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks pulled off a trade on draft night in 2018, when Atlanta sent the No. 3 overall pick to Dallas in exchange for the No. 5 pick and a future first-rounder (that pick would become Cam Reddish).

“We’re going to be compared throughout our whole careers,” Young says on Doncic. “That’s fine, that’s what it’s going to be — it happened on draft night, and I don’t think it’ll stop until we’re both retired.”

The Hawks’ second-year guard, who is averaging 28.2 points and 8.3 assists, sat down with ESPN’s Royce Young to discuss the Doncic comparisons, his love for the deep 3-pointer and Atlanta’s rough 5-16 start to the season.

Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


‘Trae Young vs. Luka Doncic’ has become so much of the conversation around your early career. Does it bother you that people can’t seem to separate you two guys because of what happened on draft night?

Trae Young: Yeah. For me, it bothers me — I just love playing basketball, I know he does. So it bothers me because it’s annoying just getting asked about it all the time. But I know it comes with it. I didn’t ask for it to happen, but it happened. … It’s two totally different situations, two totally different players. He’s playing well, I’m playing well. Just let it be.

Is that what your tweet ‘Apples and oranges’ was referencing?

TY: Umm, possibly. Possibly (laughs). It’s apples and oranges for sure.


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