Masai is possibly they key ingredient for the Raptors. What he did back of house is almost impossible to achieve in this day and age.
Nuggets playing 7 games back to back is most likely going to cost them so I’d agree that the Lakers are favourites against the Heat right now.
The set up at Raptors is great, and I agree that Masai has been crucial. I was so happy they won the lot and was surprised that Kawhi moved on, they would be genuine contenders again this year with him.
The Clippers have put so much into the Kawhi George team that not making the conference final is a bit of a shock. I read somewhere that their next first round draft pick isnt until 2028.
Raptors with Kawhi could’ve won back to back championships. I’m still surprised how the Bucks went out. Didn’t see it coming. Giannis won’t leave them easily and it’ll be a team willing to pay the luxury tax to make it happen but he has got time on his side. He’s an absolute phenomenon. Such dedication, talent, upside and it seems like he’s a genuine likeable guy.
Also didn’t know that Masai was born in Bournemouth of all places.
I think Giannis has had his eyes opened by comparing Raptors to Bucks, without him playing Bucks are no threat, his supporting team mates are not good enough for a championship. Hes not quite LeBron and able to carry a below average team all on his own. If Bucks dont look to improve their perimeter shooters and 2 way players he might start looking elsewhere. Id love him to get the right cast with the Bucks and win next year.
I assume you mean the Cavs with that. I think LBJ was about 32 then, Giannis is still only 25 now. Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton, Bledsloe are all up to scratch I think, beyond that it looks like there’s not enough strength in depth.
I do like this like for like at 25 comparison between Giannis and LBJ
I did yes. I was amazed how dominant he was on court during the playoffs for the Cavs, His stats don't tell even half the story about his dominance. I remember clearly watching him be triple teamed by Green Durant and Klay for about 12 minutes and still run the whole Cavs offense, while his numbers didnt look great n this period, the rest of the teams production went through the roof from all the extra space. It was a shame the Cavs didnt win that year, but GS were just too good.
Great read that, cheers for the link. My point was more that Giannis isnt yet at the LeBron level, there's more to come though, for sure. LeBron also had the benefit of sitting alongside Bosh and Wade while he learned some of the other elements that really lift a team. in Khris Middleton Giannis has a quality partner, but he isnt quite a good enough player to be the number 2 guy. Maybe next year Giannis will just hit that epic level and drag everyone around him into the finals, however I think they need some more help.
Wow ^ TL;DR
Lebron is good, and was good
Giannis is good and getting better. Might need help to do better next year.
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