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Rich Paul Says Bucks Would Have Won Finals If They Swapped Giannis Antetokounmpo For Anthony Davis

(via Sports Illustrated)

(via Sports Illustrated)

Behind the leadership of Giannis, the MilwaukeeBucks dominated the East for the better part of a year before falling flat in the Eastern Conference Finals against Toronto.

While their season ended in a rather disappointing fashion, Giannis helped bring a level of success to the franchise they haven't seen in years.

Yet, according to NBA super-agent Rich Paul, they would have fared better had Antetokounmpo been swapped for Anthony Davis.

(via ESPN's Dave McMenamin)

“He’s just as talented as anyone who’s ever played this game,” Paul said of the new Lakers star. “Six-11, makes 3s, blocks shots. I think he’s one of the better passing big men in our game. In my opinion, this is what makes him different from Giannis [Antetokounmpo].

“Like, if you put Anthony Davis on that Bucks team last year, they’d be playing in the Finals. He knows how to make guys better. That’s not a knock to Giannis, but that’s just what [I think].”

Giannis is the reigning MVP and a guy many deem to be the best player in the game. He can score at will, rebound, defend, and lead his team to a victory down the stretch of a close game. But if Paul is right in one aspect, it is that Davis knows how to make his teammates better.

Whether or not that ability surpasses Giannis' ability to do the same is arguable, though. The Greek Freak averages 5.9 assists, while Davis only averages 3.9. Their position and roles on their respective teams no doubt play a role in these stats (Giannis has the ball in his hands a lot more), so is it even fair to compare them?

Whatever the case, Anthony Davis and Giannis are among the best in the game. As they prepare for a fresh NBA season, we will find out soon enough which player is able to lead their own team to success.