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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball: Trae Young’s NBA Draft Projection in 10 Drake References

Expect Trae Young’s name to actually become a Drake reference in years to come.

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Former Oklahoma Sooners mens’ basketball star Trae Young said he believes there isn’t a better player in the upcoming NBA Draft than him, and he wasn’t shy about the way he put it either.

This quote probably got him a lot of enemies. Got a lot of people trying to drain him of his energy.

“I think I’m the best overall player in this draft,” Young told ESPN. “My main focus isn’t necessarily to be the best player in this draft. My focus is to be the best player in the NBA. That’s what I’m focusing on each and every day.”

But this is what I’ve come to refer to as the Baker Mayfield School of Mind Kung Fu—like Jordan in ’96, ’97, like he’s on the cover of Lethal Weapon. But it’s also part of Baker’s DNA. His sheer force of will is the super power that fuels his ridiculous accuracy and efficiency with a football. Young is that kind of transcendent player. However, he’s not going to go No. 1 over all in this draft because the team with No. 1 overall pick doesn’t need a scoring point guard.

The Phoenix Suns own that pick, and they need former Arizona big man DeAndre Ayton. His skill as a finisher and shooter with the size he possesses is as rare as Young’s jumper from 30 feet. For real, it used to be if a guard pulled up from just past half court we would say he’s on his worst behavior. Now we just say he’s about to drop 40, look alive, look alive and rotate the defense to his side.

Young won’t drop past pick No. 10 in the draft though, either. If you don’t draft him—bad things. It’s a lot of bad things because he’s gonna be scoring and scoring and scoring and scoring on you.

While Young and former Alabama scorer Collin Sexton are the only two true guards projected by most to get drafted in the first 10 picks, Young has been called a generational guard since he began dropping 40-point games in November. Young took a bad Oklahoma team and put it on his back, put food on the table, workin hard, bruh, everything paid for, last phone bill, car note cable.

The comparisons to Golden State Warrior Steph Curry aren’t just apt. They’re uncanny. They’re charged up. The confidence and ease with which they both shoot from spots on the court previously labeled don’t shoot zones is preternatural. But, more than that, the branding power the team that drafts him will have will be second-to-none in this draft. Somebody reading this is probably thinking Young has already fell off and needs to pick back up. But where’d he leave it at? Do you know what he’s about to be worth?

According to ESPN, shoe companies are already lined up outside his door begging to throw Young money—that stripper on the mink rug money. And they don’t have no NBA Draft award for that. The team will just see it come up in their bank account when Young’s jersey sales begin to compete with Curry, Anthony Davis and last name Ever, first name Greatest.

What I’m saying he started from the bottom now he’s here—playing at high school gyms on the road, now we’re about to watch our man from man the stands getting over a million dollars to play in the NBA’s show. I think Orlando pulls the trigger at No. 6. Then don’t be surprised if Young pulls up in the Wraith playing AR-AB in October outside the arena, drops 40, points at the camera and says, I guess this is what I gotta do to style on the five teams who passed over me at the draft.