Crispin: Trae Young Isn't Steph Curry; In The NBA, You Have To Earn Volume

If Young expects 20 shots a game in the NBA, he's going to be disappointed

Tiki and Tierney
March 22, 2018 - 4:43 pm

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Trae Young, who led the nation in scoring and assists, has declared for the NBA Draft. The Oklahoma star took college basketball by storm this season, often drawing comparisons to two-time MVP and two-time NBA champion Steph Curry.

But let’s be clear: Trae Young is not Steph Curry. And if he expects to average 19.3 shots a game in the NBA – which is what he averaged at Oklahoma – well, he shouldn’t.

“Look, in the NBA, you’ve got to earn volume,” Big Ten Network analyst Jon Crispin said on Tiki and Tierney. “That’s all I got to say. Steph Curry earned his volume in the league. He didn’t come in shooting 30 shots a game. He slowly became the MVP that he is. You don’t come in as Trae Young – the would-have-been sophomore in college – and say, 'Let me get those 30 shots.' It doesn’t work that way. You got to earn it.”

Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists this season. He led Oklahoma to a 12-1 start but the Sooners (18-14) went 6-13 in their final 19 games, ultimately losing to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Speaking of Rhode Island, Dan Hurley has left the Rams to become head coach at Connecticut. The Huskies have won four national championships since 1999 but have fallen on hard times recently, finishing with a losing record in each of the last two seasons.

Will the Hurley hire work at UConn?

“I think it’s impossible to say whether it’s going to work out well,” Crispin said. “If he’s able to play Dan Hurley basketball, it’ll work out just fine. If the expectations are the banners that are hanging up there and not the process – because if you watch Danny Hurley’s teams, it’s about the process. We say things like culture and buy-in. Well, it starts with who he is as a personality. So if you can’t play to your personality and coach to your personality because of the influences of what might come down the future, you’re going to have problems. 

“So I hope that administration is wise enough to stay the heck out of his way and hire the personality that he is, not just the name that he is,” Crispin continued. “The name might deceive you. He is a blue-collar guy. He’s going to grind it out.”

Looking ahead to this weekend in college basketball, Crispin feels No. 5 Kentucky (26-10) has a great shot at the Final Four.

“They’ve got great length, and I think they're playing at a high level,” he said. “They finally bought into playing like a team. It’s hard to do throughout the course of the season when you talk about freshmen who all think they’re going to the NBA. But they’ve finally bought into it. They look like a top-five team in the country.”