Rayford Trae Young is a professional basketball player who plays for the Atlanta Hawks as a point guard. He is one of the league’s best young players. Nicknamed “Ice Trae”, he has a knack for scoring in the clutch. Although he isn’t the best athlete and is quite small in stature, his scoring and playmaking make him a defensive nightmare for teams. He is often compared to Steph Curry.
Trae was born on September 19, 1998 in Lubbock, Texas. He attended Norman North High School in Oklahoma. As a senior he averaged an absurd 42 points a game on 49% shooting. He was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game. He graduated high school as the number two point guard in the nation. He played his college basketball for the Oklahoma University Sooners. He finished the season leading the nation in points and assists and picked up the Wayman Tisdale Award for being the best freshman in the nation. He subsequently declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Dallas Mavericks selected Trae Young with the 5th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft but was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on draft night itself. He enjoyed a memorable rookie year, averaging 19 points and 8 assists. He was unanimously elected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. During his second season he would average close to 30 points a game and was selected to his first NBA All-Star game.
In his third year, he would lead the young Hawks team to an unlikely NBA Eastern Conference Finals appearance where they would lose in six games due to Trae missing a few games due to a foot injury.
Trae has amassed a net worth of $6 million. His current rookie deal will pay him $8,326,471 during the 2021-2022 NBA Season. He signed a $207 million rookie extension in the 2021 offseason. His endorsements include Adidas, Through the Lens, Old Spice, Bodyarmor, Tissot, Chipotle, eBay, Fortnite, NBA2K. It is estimated he earns around $2 million from his endorsements.
Trae was born in Lubbock, Texas to Candice and Rayford Young. He has a younger brother, Tim, and two younger sisters, Caitlyn and Camryn. He is currently dating Shelby Miller. They met at Oklahoma University.
"I think there's probably three of you, there's probably you, Steph and Damian Lillard" - JJ Redick lists 2x All-Star in a category of shooters who could "essentially function on a basketball court if there was a four-point line"
“I think there are certain guys you shouldn’t talk to, you should leave them alone” - 2 time All-Star says the New York Knicks fans should stay silent instead of fueling him, in conversation with JJ Redick