NBA news: Warriors star Steph Curry issues Trae Young advice after Golden State beat Hawks

Curry rained in 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including six-of-10 from three-point range, as the Warriors improved their season record to 16-9 with a 128-111 win on the road.

Young, meanwhile, put up 20 points in just 25 minutes but went 0-5 from beyond the arc for the Hawks, who are only 5-19 and rock bottom of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.

The 20-year-old, however, has become renowned for a near-unlimited range which is similar to three-point specialist Curry – widely viewed as one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen.

The similarities between the pair’s play and their star status out of college has seen many a comparison drawn between the two in addition to their similar size and stature.

And Warriors head coach Steve Kerr even admitted going into their contest with the Hawks: “I’m sure he was inspired by Steph. It’s pretty obvious to see when you watch him play that Steph inspired him. He plays like him.”

But Curry insists Young simply has to “carve out his own lane” rather than look to follow in his footsteps.

He said after Golden State’s win at Atlanta: “Honestly it’s getting old to be honest. Again, he’s his own player. 

“Like when I was a rookie, Steve Nash’s name was thrown out there a lot and you take that with respect and understand it’s flattering. 

“But at the end of the day that’s not what is going to carry you through the league. It’s what you do with the opportunity you have in front of you. 

“I’ve been blessed to have a lot of success and experiences in the league.

“Obviously I expect Trae to carve out his own lane and be himself. He doesn’t have to be anybody else but himself.”

Rookie point guard Young is currently averaging 15.8 points, 7.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds in his first year in the league – although his defense has been criticised.

There are very high hopes for the rising star – although Curry’s team-mate Kevin Durant insists likening Young to the two-time MVP already is unfair.

He said: “Trae Young being compared to Steph a lot. See young players in college now being compared to NBA megastars, I mean, it’s unfair to them for one. 

“Everybody’s different. Just their path, where they grew up, how they grew up playing the game, how they were taught, it’s different from everyone. So, you can’t expect that same path, that same journey. 

“I know the easy thing to do is to compare young players to players that you only see on TV all the time but more so than anything these guys that you compare to they don’t have careers like the best players ever. 

“It’s more so on a different level. That’s why these guys that are so good are unique, you can’t compare anybody to them. I just think you should let everybody be who they are.”