Is Trae Young the next Stephen Curry?

Last summer in Vegas, Lonzo Ball was Trae Young: a point guard made polarizing by his overbearing father who shot poorly initially before finishing strong and winning Summer League MVP honors. Ball was destined for instant stardom, Jayson Tatum Jersey at least according to the level of applause from Laker fans. Then he shot 36 percent and 30.6 percent on 3-pointers last season. With LeBron in the fold, the Lakers just signed Rajon Rondo to help with, or take over, the point guard duties.
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What do Jerryd Bayless, Glen Rice Jr., Tyus Jones and Randy Foye have in common? All were Summer League MVPs. None did anything in the NBA that anyone can remember.

That brings us back to Summer League and this disclaimer for those consumed by it: Enjoy what you see, but don’t believe what you see.

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Everywhere I’ve ever played, everyone’s watching, Young said. This is normal. But I’ve worked extremely hard to get to that point where people watch. Everything else comes with it, the good and the bad. When I miss a few shots, I try to make the next shot. To me, it’s all about the next shot, next play. I don’t dwell on it. I know I’ve progressed here and every game has gotten better.

Hawks forward John Collins, who survived some Summer League jitters in 2017 and had a solid rookie season, said: I know things are going to come at him pretty fast, so I tell him to relax. Tell him to breathe. I know he has a lot of pressure on him. Whenever I see him make a good play, I know what he’s capable of doing. He’ll be fine. I tell him it’s just Summer League, there’s still time to develop and get ready.

And that’s sound advice for Young and anyone who takes this summer ball too seriously.

Although that coaching change remains the Raptors significant change this summer, constant rumblings suggest a roster shakeup could soon be in the works. There’s another possible scenario, too: since LeBron is gone (and therefore Toronto can rid itself of those LeBronto wisecracks), why not stay the course with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Co. … at Robin Yount Womens Jersey least for another year?