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Patrick Mahomes Thinks Thunder’s Lu Dort Can Play In The NFL

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Patrick Mahomes is in attendance for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks. The three-time Super Bowl champ and MVP did a little unsolicited scouting and thought Thunder guard/forward Lu Dort could play in the NFL.

Whether NBA players can switch to the NFL and vice-versa is a pretty controversial topic these days. Austin Rivers sparked the debate in the Pat McAfee show, saying, “I can take 30 players right now in the NBA and throw them in the NFL. You cannot take 30 NFL players and put them in the NBA.”

This drew reactions from McAfee himself, JJ Watt, and James Jones. Jones, a champion wide receiver, called Rivers “a bust” and said he barely made it into the NBA. 

To be clear, the 10-year NBA veteran never included himself as one of the 30 he mentioned. His point was that athletic freaks like Russell Westbrook, Anthony Edwards, Zion Williamson, and LeBron James, among others, could easily transition to the NFL. Apparently, Mahomes thinks Dort is in the conversation.

Physically, Dort is built more like a football player than his peers. He is listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, not far from an NFL linebacker’s average height and weight (6’2, 240 lbs). Meanwhile, the average NBA player is six feet, seven inches tall and weighs 215 pounds.

Going on and on about the debate is pointless. After all, there is no way to prove if Rivers is right or wrong. The number he gave is a little generous, but there is no alternate universe where sports fans could see NBA superstars jump into the NFL and vice versa. 

However, one thing is clear. Mahomes can at least spot someone who physically looks like he could play in the NFL.