Villanueva, Virgil 30th of May, 2021
The playoffs are where stars are born. It’s an old, tiresome cliche, yet it’s still true after all these years. That’s understandable. The majority of fans are focused on whatever club wins the championship. However, it’s also crucial to consider the young up-and-comers and how they’ll perform in the postseason, which is where the most competitive games take place.
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Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies have been lights out for their respective clubs. They aren’t the favourites to win the championship this year. However, these two superstars and their respective teams will almost certainly become perennial postseason challengers in the future years.
For those of you who aspire to be an NBA general manager one day, whose playoff breakout talent, Trae Young or Ja Morant, would you choose to build your team around? It’s quite challenging because both players have distinct styles and are quite skilled at them. To talk about this, it would be more fair for all sides if we looked at the regular season, which has a larger sample size, rather than the playoffs, which are still ongoing.
Which star to develop around: Trae Young or Ja Morant?
Trae Young averaged 25.3 points a game in the regular season, shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from 3-point range, and 88.6 percent from the free-throw line. Morant, on the other hand, averaged 19.1 points per game while shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 72.8 percent from the free-throw line. These numbers clearly show that Young is the better offensive player of the two. We’re all familiar with his behind-the-arc shenanigans, as well as his deadly floaters. Although Morant is the more athletic athlete, he has to improve his outside shooting.
Young has the most free-throw attempts per game, according to traditional statistics. His foul-mouthed antics may be a source of contention. But the reality remains that he gets to the line 8.7 times a game (fourth in the NBA), compared to Morant’s 5.9.
Statistics alone won’t show anything about Young and Morant’s defence. In this case, advanced statistics portray a more accurate image. Offensive players shoot 45.2 percent on Young and 46.0 percent on Morant, as shown. Young defends his fellow guards 79.3 percent of the time and holds them to 43.7 percent field goal shooting. Morant, for one, defends guards 72.0 percent of the time while limiting them to 44.6 percent of the time. Both players aren’t particularly well-built. As a result, when defending forwards, they allow them to shoot above 50%: 56.1 for Young and 54.7 for Ja Morant.
Both Trae Young and Ja Morant are scoring point guards, which is a term that refers to a guard that creates his own opportunities while also involving his teammates. Young had the third most assists per game in the league with 9.4 per game. Ja Morant had a 7.4 average, which was good enough for tenth place. Their figures are too close to draw any conclusions. The real storey can be found in their assist percentage. For starters, Young’s assist percentage is 42.6 (third in the league), while Morant’s is 32.1. (25th in the league). This is a significant disparity. This simply means that Young recognises that winning is about more than just boosting your personal stats. It’s also about involving your teammates.
Young’s favourite assist recipients among his teammates are John Collins (2.2 per game), Clint Capela (2.1), and Bogdan Bogdanovic (1.1). Dillon Brooks is Ja Morant’s favourite recipient. However, he only passes the ball to him 1.6 times a game. Jonas Valanciunas sits next to him (1.6).
This demonstrates the Hawks’ offensive system’s clarity and fluidity. Young is also aware of when and where his colleagues can be found.
Overall, Trae Young has the upper hand versus Ja Morant. This is demonstrated by their win-loss record and playoff seeding. Morant and the Grizzlies deserve praise for their performance in the play-in tournament. Young and the Hawks, on the other hand, are on the verge of eliminating the New York Knicks in the first round. In comparison to NBA play, Young appears to have a tighter and finer handle on his playstyle.