43 Trae Young Quotes On Basketball, Confidence, Criticism & Work Ethic

motivational quotes Jan 30, 2024
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The top Trae Young quotes: 

Trae Young is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.

He is known for his exceptional shooting ability, playmaking skills, and deep range.

Trae played college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2017-2018 season. He lead the NCAA in both points per game and assists per game. He was named a consensus first-team All-American.

After his freshman year, Young declared for the NBA Draft and was selected as the 5th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks but was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on draft night.

Trae has been selected to multiple NBA All-Star games so far in his young career. 

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Best Trae Young Basketball Quotes

1. "I was never the big leaper, the dunker, the long and athletic kid who looked the part of a traditional basketball star. Truth be told, I wasn't even considered a top guard coming out of my recruiting class."

2. "I'm glad people get excited watching me play. Hopefully I show them something new each time I step on the court."



3. "I bring a lot to a team. I bring immediate impact. As far as my skillset, I can attack defenders in multiple ways and get my teammates involved."

4. "I'm getting guarded like nobody else in the country is being guarded, scouted on like no one else in the country is."

5. "I just hope I get picked by the right team and the team that really wants me and a team where I can help and take it to the next level."

6. "I remember me being that kid growing up. Me being the kid that grew up going to games and being a ball boy and wanting a high five from Blake Griffin or the other players."

7. "I'm excited about getting the opportunity to show people that I can play defense."

8. "It's a mystery coming out each and every game to try and figure out how a team is going to guard me and how I'm going to dictate how my team wins."

9. "Rod Strickland has been influential. He gives me a lot of advice, good and bad games; he is someone I really look up to a lot."

10. "I've played a lot of basketball during my life - and it's not always been good."

11. "Who wouldn't want to be compared to a guy like Steph Curry?"



12. "I love when people try to be physical with me. They think that's the way to try to guard me and to get physical with me. I use that to my advantage."

13. "That's the nature of basketball. You gotta go out there and compete."

14. "My favorite player growing up was Steve Nash, so that's been a guy I look up to and a guy I've gotten to talk to a few times, too."

15. "I didn't have any idea on draft day that I was going to go to Atlanta."

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Trae Young Quotes About Confidence

16. "I'll always have a chip on my shoulder until I hang my shoes up. No matter how long I play this game, the chip on my shoulder will always be there. That won't change."

17. "That's what my mindset is, making the right play and doing the right thing each and every possession."

18. "People keep asking me if I feel pressure. But I don't feel pressure. I realize there's a lot on my plate, a lot of expectations for me to come in and win and do certain things. But I'm just playing the way I always have."



19. "My confidence level never varies."

20. "I bring immediate impact off the court as much as I do on the court."

21. "I think I can pretty much do it all for a team. And I'm looking forward to whatever team I go to, making a huge impact."

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Trae Young On Criticism And Playing the Villain Role

22. "There's gonna be stretches where I don't play as well. People are gonna be talking bad about me and not always on my side and cheering me on."

23. "I think me getting that max contract came with a lot of responsibilities...no matter what someone else says about me or what they expect for me to do for myself or for my team, nobody has higher expectations than me." 


24. "I think people get caught up a little bit in the fact of finding things that people can't do instead of looking at the things that the player can do."

25. "The more scrutiny, the more the expectations rise...you get that type of [criticism]. So I understand that, and I accept it."

26. "I feed off the crowd."

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Trae Young Teamwork And Passing Quotes

27. "I just try and make the right play. It led to me leading the country in points and assists."

28. "I feel my overall skill set, my ability to make players around me better, and my ability to help my team win is unique."



29. "I gotta make sure we all eat."

30. "I think my ability coming into the NBA is going to make it that much easier for me with the space and the different type of players here. I think just by the spacing alone is going to make my game that much easier and that much better for my teammates." 

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Trae Young On Work Ethic

31. "I know what I need to work on, and I know what I need to prove and to show, and that's all that matters."

32. "I'm just trying to get better each and every game."



33. "My goal is to the best player in the NBA. That's what I'm focusing on each and every day."

34. "I'm just trying to be the best version of Trae Young."

35. "To me, I'll always be the skinny, 5-foot-6 eighth-grader on the YMCA court, trying to get grown men to choose me for pickup games. It wasn't always easy. And that's what drives me."

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Other Trae Young Quotes

36. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would become a constant topic for national television and radio shows - never mind mentioned by some of the country's most respected journalists."

37. "I want people to say that I'm something new, something different. Something they've never seen before."

38. "I'll never regret a moment I spent at the University of Oklahoma or my decision to stay home and become a Sooner for life."

39. "The history behind the Garden and all the players that have come through and played on that court in the Garden, I think that the history is the reason why it still is, in my mind, the mecca of basketball. It definitely draws me in. That's the thing about New York; that's a big thing about the history, and the Garden is a big part of that." 

40. "Not a lot of people take advantage of that opportunity of being different. A lot of kids that are highly touted coming out of high school, like, doing the traditional thing and going to the blue bloods and all that, but I was always different growing up."

41. "I'm actually enjoying attention. Who wouldn't?"

42. "When you're around somebody all the time, you butt heads every now and then. That's what happens in every family."

43. "It's an unreal feeling having my own shoe."

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