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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:
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 pl