I was also a point guard, but that's about all we have in common. At 5'7 I'm shorter than Isaiah Thomas, while never weighing more than 160lbs during the season. I only developed a solid handle after I stopped playing, and only averaged 25% from three in my very best season, at less than three attempts per game. I was a terrible iso scorer with a below average jumpshot, that was always the smallest player on the court. I can probable count the times I scored double digits during four seasons on two hands. I wasn't built to play basketball.
Yet, somehow, I had a stint as a pro, being the second PG for a team that was a runner up for the Dutch league championship. I was fast, had court vision that was good enough to always find a teammate to score and had a vertical that was high enough to dunk if only my hands weren't too small to palm a basket ball. But most of all, I was a tenacious defender. I stuck to opponents like glue, almost instantly recognized switches and forced more turnovers than anyone in my team. Basically everything that point guards in today's NBA aren't.
Having said that, Dutch basketball was never that great. And I was a below average player in the league, that really couldn't do anything you'd expect a PG as small as I to do. I played exactly one game with an NBA Champion, Fransisco Elson, and that was before he got his ring.
And at least I can say that, being a year younger that LeBron (I was born in 1985), I managed to score a game winning shot in a national championship before he was even drafted to the NBA. Basketball was the first sport I ever truly loved. It dominated my life for years, until real life caught up to me, I got a job in psychiatry and transitioned from basketball to BJJ and MMA. I stopped watching the game for years after all my favourite players started to retire. I didn't follow NBA for years, aside from following LeBron's greatness.
These past years, however, I've grown more invested in watching basketball than I ever was in my playing days. Most of that comes down to Curry and Klay,the way they changed the game, and the many, many young players that followed them. Probably because they can do things that I was never able to do, but that are amazing to watch.
Trae Young is one of those players. Fearless, unbelievable range and way more creative than rookies were fifteen years ago. Sure, he lacks a good defense, but his offense is a true joy to watch and he might develop to be my favoritr PG to watch in a few years.
Then there's Curry, who revolutionalized the way the game is played, Klay, who has the most perfectly textbook shooting form I've probably ever seen, Kawhi, who's both an offensive machine as well as a defensive monster, of PG13, who rarely seems to break a sweat while still performing at an MVP level. We've got the insane athleticism of Westbrook, the ridiculous scoring of Harden, and probably the most versatile scorer I've ever seen in Kevin Durant. Add the Greek freak to that list, as well as big men like Embiid starting to play like forwards, a whole new slew of amazing European players like Porzingis, Jokic and Doncic, my personal favorite point guard in Dame, and a whole host of fantastic rookies, and in my opinion, the NBA has rarely been more exciting to watch.
As someone that grew up watching T-Mac, Kobe, Shaq, Nash, Ray, Reggie, Webber, Wallace, Duncan and Stojakovic, saw Carter give the greatest performance ever seen in a dunk contest, and idolised Iverson's game, that truly says a lot.
People that can say Trae Young isn't a fantastic talent and actually mean it, have no clue about basketball. He's not the best, and might never be. But he'd school each and every one of those commenters on the court without breaking a sweat.
Have some respect, guys. It's a great time to be an NBA fan.