CobraCommander wrote:Luka has been a pro since he was 14 so he came into the nba with a huge advantage in applicable PRO experience when compared to Ja- so Ja played AAU and some college- but he didnâ€™t get a consistent structure to learn under. AAU does not prep you to play like Lukas pro coaching so definitely an edge to Luka there
Luka is significantly bigger and honestly in basketball size matters- no matter how athletic Ja is, Luka is bigger and athletic enough to do everything minus block a shot above the square - but one spectacular play doesnâ€™t take away from just being bigger matters. So edge to Luka.
Ja appears to be a better leader- on and off the court. Based on Luka coming in out of shape and reports that he doesnâ€™t condition, complaining on calls to the point of being a distraction and drawing ire from the league and refs and the reported rumored turmoil with KP, Carlise etc... none of the Luka issues are things that seem like they canâ€™t be corrected and Luka has taken ownership of each of these in a way that shows maturity and self awareness well beyond his age- which bodes well for Dallas. But right now I would say Ja is a better leader or teammate. Ja seems to really want to be the best and takes any slight against him or his team as an affront
Luka is a big game hunter...plays his best when the lights are brightest. Kawhi was the best player in both series with Luka but Kawhi had to play some of the best ball of his career to beat Luka in the first round which is more of a testament to Luka than anything. It was akin to Luka being a young MJ trying to get past a mature Isiah Thomas and Detroit...those playoff loses donâ€™t hurt Luka as much as those were growing pains that add to his stories. Ja just hasnâ€™t played in as many big games as Luka so no way you can give Ja the edge here...itâ€™s Luka all day. You donâ€™t want to see Luka when in the playoffs unless you got a HOF guy thatâ€™s in his prime to co.maybe 2 HOF guys are needed cause you know he is going to raise his game.
I love Ja and Ja is ahead of Luka this year but if you going into a game or playoff series, would you take Ja over Luka? I wouldnâ€™t...
(Trae or Luka is a more appropriate question Of who you want in one game or a playoff series)
Itâ€™s impressive that Ja has moved into the Luka category...
He hasnt been in as many big games obviously, but Ja certainly is in the same vein when it comes to when the spotlight is on. Still, dat luka step back in the bubble........When i think of iconic playoff moments in the not so distant past, i think Lebrons's block, and then probably that 3