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The astronomical hype generated for both Luka doncic and Trae young was a result of how what they did, was unprecedented at their respective leagues. As only a freshman at Oklahoma, Trae young burst onto the national radar with countless mind-blowing performances in the Big 12, arguably conference in College Basketball. he recorded 22 assists, tying the all-time Division I record, He became Oklahoma's highest-scoring freshman, and most notably left college as the only player to ever lead the NCAA in points and assists per game. Averaging 27 points & 9 assists a game. On the other hand, Doncic was the first teenager we've seen truly dominate not only the Spanish ACB but the superior Euroleague, considered 2 of the best leagues outside the NBA, significantly higher level of competition than college basketball. Doncic became by far the youngest player to ever win MVP in the Euroleague, where he led Real Madrid to the championship, captured his second straight EuroLeague rising star award and the finals MVP equivalent also. Luka was MVP of the Spanish League in 2018 too, securing his 3rd domestic title in his 4 years. But there’s more to add to his resume on the international level, at aged 18 Doncic helped Slovenia beat the likes of Spain and Serbia to claim gold at 2017 Eurobasket. With everything including his age at 19 considered, Luka is not only probably the most accomplished and NBA ready prospect ever. But is perhaps just a rookie of the year award away from solidifying his place as a basketball hall of Famer. As to what makes this rivalry what it is, is the NCAA/EuroLeague debate. While there's essentially a consensus that the Euroleague, which features 16 of the best European pro teams. Is the best basketball league outside of the NBA, There has always been skepticism surrounding international draft prospects. Which we saw again with Doncic, who’s a proven winner at both club and international level.
Most European prospects over the years, even the ones that’ve went in the lottery. Were judged upon their accomplished at youth and domestic level. Rarely even if at all playing any part in the Euroleague. Which Doncic owned by every definition of the word at the same age this past year. Scouts concerns surrounding Luka doesn’t nessessarily root from discrediting either the euroleague or what he accomplished over there. But their doubts are as to how his game will translate to the faster paced NBA. His playing style places little emphasis on athleticism and speed, obviously both very important traitls in the NBA.
Trae young, on the other hand, is the epitome of the type of play style that Stephen curry has popularized in the US, in which long-range three pointers and quickness are all-important. Another factor I believe comes into the Bias against Euro prospects, is that the college guy is the safer pick for the GM. I feel there’s an added level of pressure that comes with drafting a European player especially high in the lottery, which is absent when choosing a local guy. That pressure comes from the rich white owners, who best case scenario watch a little bit of march madness and haven’t watched a dribble of European basketball in their lives. Let’s use the backlash Phil Jackson received for the Porzingis selection for example, which originated simply because he was from overseas and nobody knew about em. All be it Kristaps worked out, and exceeded most likely even the Zen Master’s expectations. But had he been a bust, I believe it’d have been more so a detriment to Phil’s credibility than if he’d selected another bust all the same from College. You get what I’m saying. We hear more about Darko Millicic failures than the likes of Hasheem Thabeet, Evan Turner
The two showed on another love both before, after and on social media. Which is kinda cute, but I feel it’s a little overboard. As if there’s a mutual understanding between the two that they both wanna pull away from the comparisons. I understand an insta pic pre tipoff whatever, but going out tweet positive things at each other, hate to break to em, but that extra stuff won’t ever change the fact that Trae and Luka will be for as long as they play be linked, and’ll always be held too and stacked up against each other.