Atlanta Hawks star point guard Trae Young might be switching careers soon. That is if he takes the advice of Chelsea FC stud Mason Mount, who believes that Young could actually play soccer at the highest level.
Mount made this claim in a recent interview with Sky Sports while also expressing his belief that teammate Tammy Abraham might have a shot at playing in the NBA.
Via Matt Debono of SI:
“An NBA player who could be a footballer? That's tough,” Mount said. “Trae Young, maybe. I am a big fan of the younger players coming through and I watch them play. He is small, tricky and has good ability. Yeah, maybe Trae Young.”
That's a pretty fair assessment from Mount. Young has some tremendous footwork, and his balance is also outstanding — two factors that make up a good footballer.
Then again, Young is having an amazing career with the Hawks at this point, so there's absolutely zero chance that the former Oklahoma standout even entertains this thought. It's still nice to know, though.
Mount then described why he believes his towering striker of a teammate, Tammy Abraham, could actually hack it in the NBA:
“Which footballers could make it in the NBA? My team-mate Tammy Abraham could have a chance,” the midfielder said. “He is tall and into his basketball so I think he could maybe do OK.”
Both Mount and Abraham played their respective parts in Chelsea's thriller against the newly crowned Premier League champions, Liverpool, on Wednesday. For his part, Abraham came on as a second-half substitute and made an immediate impact.
The 22-year-old scored for Chelsea just two minutes after coming on, but at that point, the match was pretty much won for Liverpool. The feisty encounter ended with the champs coming out on top, 5-3.