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The next generation has spoken.
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:
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:
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.
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.