Trae Young Ranks LeBron James over Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant in All-Time Top 5


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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 09: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during the second half of an NBA game against the Charlotte Hornets at State Farm Arena on March 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

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The next generation has spoken.

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, who is 21 years old, was asked on Twitter to rank his top five NBA players of all time, and LeBron James came in at No. 1:

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

MY TOP 5…
1. LBJ
2. Jordan
3. Kobe
4. KD
5. Steve Nash

Don’t @ me https://t.co/abT5FeumYC

For reference, James’ NBA debut on Oct. 29, 2003, came when Young was just five years old.

Young’s admiration for James is evident in his game. The 2018 fifth overall pick mimicked a King James celebration after sinking a game-winner last year:

House of Highlights @HoHighlights

TRAE YOUNG FOR THE WIN AND DOES THE LEBRON CELEBRATION. 🔥😤🔥 https://t.co/JsDexS5Hdp

However, Young placing James at No. 1 shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a slight toward the other four players on the list.

After Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people on Jan. 26, Young was one of countless people in and around the league to show his deep respect for the five-time NBA champion:

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

…This S*** can’t be real… this the first moment I was able to meet Gianna Maria, she’s been to only 3 games this year… 2 of them were mine… She told me I was her favorite player to watch🙏🏽 I can’t believe this😢😭

Rest Easy Gigi❤️ https://t.co/IfDrE9Gjlv

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

🏁The Marathon Continues… with a Mamba Mentality🐍 https://t.co/T1j8SpLWL6

The Oklahoma product, who was mentored by Bryant, bucketed 45 points alongside 14 assists in a 152-133 win over Washington the day of the crash.

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

Can’t make this up…😢
He was with me tonight🙏🏽❤️ https://t.co/uvse4bMpuK

Young is well on his way to seeing his name on a future generation’s list of all-time favorite players. He earned his first All-Star nod this season, averaging 29.6 points, 9.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds across 60 starts for the 20-47 Hawks. 

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