Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis are two big men that have often been compared to one another. It's easy to see why fans would do that: they are both big men who have an extremely versatile skill set, and both are generally considered superstars.
When matched up against the Los Angeles Lakers recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 47 points and led the Milwaukee Bucks to a win. There is no doubt that he dominated his matchup too, as Anthony Davis simply had no answer for his scoring.
Richard Jefferson has recently stated that it is "disrespectful to Giannis" when one compares him to Anthony Davis. While he claimed that Anthony Davis may be "more talented" than Giannis Antetokounmpo, he lauded Antetokounmpo's mentality, claiming that the Greek superstar has some "dog" in him.
“We’ve had so much conversation about Anthony Davis being a top five player or a top five talent…top 75 ever. I’m going to say this: It is unfair to Anthony Davis to compare him to Giannis. And it is disrespectful to Giannis to compare him to Anthony Davis.
“They are two different individuals with similar body styles, similar skill sets. If anything I would say that Anthony Davis is more talented than Giannis. He can shoot free throws at an 80 percent clip. He can knock down 3-pointers in the mid 30s. Giannis can do none of those things.
“But you know what Giannis does? Giannis has a dog in him. He has a dog in him that we have not seen from very many players on that side. So, at this point and time, it is just unfair to compare those two players.”
A lot of people have stated that Anthony Davis is a more versatile player than Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, it seems as though Richard Jefferson sees value in Giannis Antetokounmpo's "dog" mentality in his evaluation, which to him, puts Antetokounmpo over the top.
It remains to be seen if Anthony Davis can show that he's a better player than Giannis Antetokounmpo over the rest of the season. However, as of now Giannis Antetokounmpo si clearly having a better start to the year.