In the pace and space, 3 pointer era of the NBA, two guys that are most likely to rule the NBA and take the pole position from LeBron and KD are legit seven-footers. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis are prime candidates for the most unstoppable players in the league. Giannis is the reigning MVP and had a more successful career so far, but Davis is only now in a position where his team isn’t an anchor around his leg. (due respect to Jrue Holiday)
AD’s agent Rich Paul went so far as to imply there isn’t a dilemma who the better player is. It will come as a shock he believes his client is the one. Here’s Paul making the comparison in an ESPN story:
“Like, if you put Anthony Davis on that Bucks team last year, they’d be playing in the Finals. He knows how to make guys better. That’s not a knock to Giannis, but that’s just what [I think].”
First of all, just because you say “that’s not a knock to XY,” it doesn’t mean it’s not a knock. Yes, it is, and that is fine. If you believe one player is better than another, and argue your case, you will inevitably criticize an element of someone’s game. Saying that a player could improve in an area of his game, for instance, engaging and elevating his teammates, is OK. We are sure Rich Paul thinks Giannis is a spectacular player.
Is he right? Well, availability is the best ability. Giannis is physically more dominant and doesn’t have AD’s injury history. So right there at the top, maybe he is true IF Davis is actually on the court. My second point would be, probably not because I don’t see the team playing hard after Paul talks to Woj so he could tweet Davis wants out of Milwaukee and prefers the Lakers. When asked about his contract, Giannis said it would be disrespectful towards his teammates and the fans to talk about himself and his deal. Davis wore a “that’s all folks” t-shirt. We can safely say there is a leadership difference here.
Davis’ overall skill level is higher than Giannis’, particularly his shot from outside the paint. You may even say that he is a better playmaker and passer than Giannis (despite Giannis having higher assist numbers). But saying “he makes guys better” and implying Giannis is inferior to Davis in that regard? That’s just nonsense.