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Fantasy basketball ADP battle: Trae Young vs. Devin Booker

We take a look at the two best young guards in the NBA and recommend which one you should select first in your fantasy basketball draft.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young handles the ball against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half at Talking Stick Resort Arena.  Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2020-21 NBA regular season surprisingly only two weeks away, it is a great time to discuss some fantasy basketball. Unlike fantasy football, where your first two picks, could make or break your team. But in fantasy basketball, you do not need to fret as you can find value up and down the draft board.

That being said, one major component of fantasy basketball is finding someone who can put up points in bunches and can knockdown a three pointer or two. This leads us to Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Devin Booker of Phoenix Suns. Both young players are tremendous scorers and can take a game over with their explosive shooting from behind the arc. But which one should you take first? We’re going to help you decide that.

Fantasy basketball ADP battle: Trae Young vs. Devin Booker

Young and Booker are expected to go early in fantasy basketball drafts, especially after James Harden, Damian Lillard, and Steph Curry go off the board. As of right now, Young’s average draft position is 10.5, while Booker’s is 12.5, according to Fantasy Pros.

Both players would be perfect selections at those spots, if you can get them in your respective draft. When you look at the talent each player has around them heading into this season, they could carry your fantasy basketball team to a championship.

Let’s start with Young, who is coming off of his first All-Star selection in only his second NBA season. Last season, the dynamic point guard posted career-highs across the board. Ice Trae as they call him, averaged 29.6 points, 9.3 assists, and 4.3 in 35.3 minutes per game.

He also shot 43.7 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from three-point range on 9.5 attempts per game. These are very good numbers from a player in his second-year and could even get better this season. When you look at what the Hawks did in the offseason, they added Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who should be able to help Young in the scoring department. But they will be able to also play off of Young, who will have reliable perimeter scoring threats to facilitate too.

Also, let’s not forget that Atlanta still has Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, Clint Capela, DeAndre Hunter, and John Collins. Young has an unlimited amount of resources around him to take his game to the next level.

Devin Booker can say the same thing as Young heading into this season. After an impressive performance where the Phoenix Suns went a perfect 8-0, the front office made it an emphasis to give their young franchise player some more help.

For starters, they acquired point guard Chris Paul in a trade from the Thunder and then added Jae Crowder in free agency. Paul should alleviate some of the ball-handling duties off of Booker, which will allow him to be more of a scorer. Last season, Booker averaged 26.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds in 35.9 minutes per game. He also shot a career-high 48.9 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three-point range on 5.7 attempts.

In addition to Paul and Crowder, the Suns still have Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric, Cameron Johnson, and they brought in Langston Galloway. Honestly, just looking at both and the teams they have, you cannot go wrong with either player.