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Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins name top players you don’t want to talk trash to

Richard Jefferson & Kendrick Perkins

Former players turned ESPN analysts Richard Jefferson, and Kendrick Perkins shared their top three players you don’t want to make angry.

Great players need very little motivation to get them going. That’s why for Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins, opposing teams need not ignite the fire and must restrain from trash-talking these players as things can escalate quickly. 

RJ and Perks’ list 

Other players cower from the hate and trash-talk, but others embrace it. Former players turned ESPN analysts Richard Jefferson, and Kendrick Perkins shared their top three players you don’t want to make angry. 

Perkins’ list:

  1. Joel Embiid
  2. Steph Curry
  3. Kevin Durant

RJ’s list:

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Steph Curry
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The topic was brought up after Curry caught fire when things got chirpy between him and Kevin Porter Jr. KPJ was served a valuable lesson: never poke a sleeping bear. 

KD and Curry were the common denominators and obvious picks. These two scorers go from cold to blazing hot in minutes. KD and Curry are also streaky shooters; they only need a good rhythm shot to get them going. However, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo are debatable picks. 

Would you talk trash Giannis or Embiid?

Giannis is not a good free-throw and 3-point shooter. He has improved, but he’s not a consistent threat yet. Free throws help a struggling scorer rediscover his rhythm and stroke at the charity stripe. When a player sinks in three freebies in a row, watch him attempt a 3-point shot next. The added confidence seeing free throws swish the next makes a world of difference for flame throwers such as KD and Steph. What Giannis lacks in shooting, he makes up for it with hustle plays and big man moves. No one can stop him once he gets the first step on his defenders. Good luck trying to meet him at the rim. 

Meanwhile, Jojo is playing on another level this season. While he has become a more all-around scorer this season, developing a lot of offensive moves rather than pound the ball inside, Embiid remains a sub 40 percent shooter in the 3-point range. RJ chose the 76ers star because Embiid enjoys trash-talking with other players, a sentiment he shares with Scottie Pippen. It seems like Joel enjoys baiting defenders into his psychological game, and the next thing we know, he has put up 30-15-5 on the scoreboard. 

In the end, it’s better to let Giannis and Jojo struggle while they are struggling. Adding salt to the injury might be tempting, but it also has adverse effects.

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