Nash was a guest in the most recent episode of The Bill Simmons podcast and said this about the polarizing rookie:
“Trae Young can really pass the ball. He can really pass. He has a real feel to get rid of it early, to make late passes, to make all the passes. He has the natural ability to get that thing humming around in with energy. Makes the good passes but also makes the simple passes, he throws ahead. And with his shooting ability, he's got a chance to be really good.”
This is an interesting take from the two-time NBA MVP as the Young did say a few months ago that he is trying to pattern his game to Nash’s.
Nash, who was most known for his excellent passing skills and court vision, was careful to answer when Bill Simmons asked him which point guard in the league today he sees in the mold of himself or current Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul.
Ultimately, he suggested that the spit-fire Young has the potential to be that kind of player. Nash did say that it will take Young some time to get up to speed and get used to playing NBA basketball. This is usually the case for most rookie point guards as they struggle with efficiency in their first year in the league.
People have different opinions about the controversial guard out of Oklahoma. The fifth overall pick in this year's NBA draft had an abysmal showing in his first two games in this year’s summer league, but he was somewhat able to recover towards the latter part of the tournament.
In college, Young was mostly known as streaky shooter, but did finish as the tournament’s top scorer. An underrated part of his game is his passing ability, which Nash has obviously taken notice of. He also led the NCAA in assists, becoming the first player in history to lead the tournament in points and assists per contest.