8:14 AM ET
Here we go:
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in two places at once
Antetokounmpo can almost cover literally half the court:
In this moment, Antetokounmpo is a threat to block Jimmy Butler‘s shot and deflect any pass to Ben Simmons in the corner — or at least apparate there to harass Simmons on the catch. He is effectively in two places at once.
Simmons cuts baseline, and Antetokounmpo casually bats the pass out of the air. He barely has to jump.
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A few speedy, giant centers — including Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert — cover this much space. Draymond Green is a genius who moves almost ahead of the ball, but he can’t match Antetokounmpo’s speed, leaping ability or length. Ditto for Paul George. Antetokounmpo is the only one among them who can credibly guard every player in the NBA.
He is (again) averaging almost 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game — rare territory. Opponents