th87 wrote:BlackThought wrote:th87 wrote:
Talent doesn't always win. Grit and physicality are equalizers, and the 2021 Bucks weren't afraid to get dirty, while the 2019 version was soft and somewhat frontrunners. And *adjustments*. Nurse's adjustments weren't rocket science; Bud just refused to respond to them out of philosophical adherence to his principles. He learned from that, and this year's version would've countered immediately.
Giannis hitting a 3 does nothing for him. What he did improve on from 2019 is post play and more reliance on midrange, making better decisions, and not running straight into the teeth of a defense. This made the wall essentially useless.
This is only your opinion and you are entitled to it. But like all theories it needs to be tested and it was not tested this year. You can defend your boys until the cows come home but the fact is we will never know these things just like how the Raptors wished they can take on those Lebron Cavs with Kawhi instead of DeRozan. The fact is that Giannis ran into the Raptors twice in the playoffs and Toronto tapped that ass twice in a row. Maybe we meet again in the future and hopefully the Raptors have reloaded but until then my opinion is that I think you need a reliable jump shot against solid interior defense.
The funny thing is Giannis knows this also. He always says he's working on his jumper, why do you think that is?
1. What relevance do you feel the 2016 Bucks under Kidd and raw third-year Giannis has to this discussion? That you advance this as a serious point weakens the entirety of your argument.
2. Any team can try the wall. And have. Until this year, because Giannis figured out how to dismantle it. So teams stopped using it. The 2021 Bucks would trounce the 2019 Raptors had they persisted in trotting out a defense the Bucks spent two years figuring out.
3. A reliable jump shot is not necessarily a 3 pointer, as you assert. Giannis has improved his midrange jumper and post moves. In 2019, he only had driving to the rim. This midrange/post game would've helped him against the 2019 Raptors.
Here are some stats to just backup my point.
Giannis in the regular season shot 33.3% from 16-24 ft. He didn't take that many of them, only 66 shots. Most of his shots are within 5 ft and he shot close to 80% from there. Btw, if we bring it a bit closer, from 8-16 feet Giannis shoots 36.8%, a tad better. If you look at how he shot from that range back in 19' season, from 16-24 ft he shot 40% and he took 80 of those shots. I'm sure he worked on his shot but it's debatable how much better it really is.
Compare that to someone like Joel Embiid who shot 51% from 16-24 feet which is surprisingly good. A guy like Jayson Tatum only shot slightly over 40%.