Young: 'I'm the best overall player in this draft'

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CHICAGO -- Trae Young believes he's not just the best scorer in the NBA draft this season, he's the best player.

When asked Friday if he felt he was the best scorer in this year's class of potential picks, the Oklahoma guard felt he needed to add a little more to the description.

"I think I'm the best overall player in this draft," Young said. "My main focus isn't necessarily to be the best player in this draft. My focus is to be the best player in the NBA. That's what I'm focusing on each and every day."

Young says he has enjoyed all the comparisons to Golden State superstar Stephen Curry that fans and media members have, but he is focusing on creating his own name in the league.

"I love the comparisons," Young said. "He's a two-time MVP and a champion. I love the comparison, but I feel like I bring a lot of different things from different players, different players' games to the table. I'm just trying to be the best version of Trae Young. That's all that matters to me. I'm just getting started in this thing. Hopefully I can achieve some of those things."

Young says he is hopeful he can show teams that he can play defense, which remains, for league executives, one of the biggest question marks about his game.

"I'm excited about having the opportunity to show people that I can play defense." Young said. "I'm actually super excited to show that from day one."

Young, who says he has gained 10 pounds of muscle over the past five weeks while training, is expected to go somewhere in the top 10 of next month's draft. He is trying not to worry about the order of various mock drafts.

"My main focus is going to the right team," he said. "It's not about being one, two, three or 30. You see a lot of guys who are in the second round, who go second round in certain years, and make big impacts on teams. It's all about the fit for me -- whether that's one, whatever that is, I'm going to be happy and I'm going to be ready to make an impact. And that's what [teams] are going to get."

Young also reiterated how much of an impact Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has had on him as he works toward the next stage in his career.

"Obviously he said some good things about me this year," Young said of James. "LeBron is someone who has changed the game and a big role model as far as on and off the court -- the way he handles himself in every situation is something I really like about LeBron."

This is the second straight day a top prospect has said he felt he was the best player in the draft. Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., who says he is "100 percent" after rehabbing from back surgery most of the year, said he felt he was "the best player in this draft."

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