Trae Young embarrasses Luka Doncic, Mavs with back-to-back filthy moves
Rookie guards Luka Doncic and Trae Young had their first NBA encounter Wednesday, and while Doncic appeared the better player for much of the night, Young embarrassed his counterpart (and Dennis Smith Jr.) off the dribble in the fourth quarter en route to a hard-fought victory.
Doncic and Young, of course, were traded for each other on draft night last June. The Hawks also received a future first-round pick in the deal.
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To fully appreciate Young’s second move against Doncic, which quickly swept through NBA Twitter, let’s begin with his first maneuver.
Trae Young drops it in with the left! #TrueToAtlanta 101 | #MFFL 100
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As Young meets Doncic at the perimeter, he fakes as if he’s going to perform a crossover dribble from his left hand to his right. As Doncic bites hard on the deke, Young keeps the ball on his left side and blows past his fellow first-round pick. This on its own is pretty dirty.
Young then goes full evil genius in Act 2.
Doncic wants none of Young this time. He picks up Vince Carter and lets Smith take on Young with Dallas clinging to a one-point lead. Doncic still can’t avoid the play.
Young fakes as if he’s going to pull another left-handed in-and-out dribble before spinning around Smith, forcing Doncic to rotate over and contend Young’s shot attempt near the rim. It doesn’t go well for Doncic.
While Young got the last laugh in this one with his smooth dribbling and a 111-104 victory, there should be plenty more entertaining matchups between these two for years to come.
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