The Orlando bubble is about to start and, judging by what we've seen from teams during their scrimmage games thus far, we can all agree that the best players in the world haven't missed a beat and haven't shown any signs of rust whatsoever.
That means that we're about to see some legendary matchups both prior and during the playoffs, as the greatest athletes on earth will be fully healthy and ready to make a final push to win an NBA Championship. This is unprecedented.
But, what are the players to watch in the Orlando bubble, especially in the power-forward position? Who's bound to dominate the most through the playoffs? Let's break it down by ranking the best power forward in the Orlando bubble by category.
Player - Giannis Antetokounmpo
People made fun of the Milwaukee Bucks by taking Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 1st round of the Draft in 2013. People thought he should be a borderline 2nd-rounder and a solid role player at best. Now, he's a top-3 player in the world.
Giannis has never stopped working on his craft and his game and it has definitely paid off. He's coming off an MVP season and far from being satisfied, he even took it up a notch this year and is en route to winning the award for the second consecutive year.
Scoring - Giannis Antetokounmpo
This one's kind of tough because Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't the most versatile scoring power forward in the league. As you may know by now, he's not much of a shooter. Even so, he's proven that he just doesn't need it to dominate opposing defenses.
Giannis is averaging a career-high 29.6 points per game, which is tied for the third-highest scoring average of the season. More impressively, he's doing all that damage in just 30.9 minutes per game, so his per 36 averages of 34.5 points per game would make him this year's Scoring champion.
Rebounding - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo's rebounding averages have been on the rise every single year he's been in the league. He went from 4.4 rebounds per game during his rookie season all the way to 13.7 this year. That's just impressive even for a guy his size.
Giannis is currently 4th in the league in rebounds per game and the other 3 players are centers. More impressively, he's averaging 2.3 offensive boards per game, which shows how aggressive and physical he's been on both sides of the glass.
Playmaking - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo's handles and court vision were limited - at best - when he first entered the league. Now, he's averaging a team-high 5.8 assists per game and leading the Milwaukee Bucks in that regard for the second straight season.
Giannis is by no means LeBron James or Ben Simmons but he's developed a high basketball IQ and has the ability to create off the high and low post for his teammates. He's learned to recognize mismatches and when to feed his peers when he's being double-teamed.
Shooting - Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum proved that he had what it takes to be among the league's greatest shooters ever since his rookie season and he hasn't missed a beat ever since. He's as efficient as they come, which is impressive for a guy that young and taking that many shots.
Tatum is currently averaging 23.6 points per game on 44.8/39.8/80.6 shooting splits, which is good for an effective field goal percentage of 52.3% and a true shooting percentage of 56.2%. Also, his field goal attempts per game jumped from 13.1 to 18.9 this season.
Defense - Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis has been one of the league's top-tier rim protectors since he was taken with the 1st overall pick in 2012. And, unlike most big men who significantly improve their offense, he hasn't missed a beat in the defensive end and continues to put a top-notch hustle at that end of the floor.
Davis is currently averaging 1.5 steals and 2.4 blocks per game to go along with 9.4 rebounds. He's third in total blocks (134), third in blocks per game, 4th in defensive rating (100.8), 4th in defensive box plus-minus (2.8), 2nd in defensive win shares (4.1) and the Lakers have the 3rd best defense in the league.
Clutch - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo is that kind of superstar. He's the one everybody wants to take the final shot or locking up on defense when the game or the season is on the line. He's embraced that kind of role for the Bucks and for very good reason.
Obviously, he's struggled to create his own shot at times with defenses collapsing the paint in the playoffs against him but he's got that killer Mamba mentality that'll make him take that big shot every time he's got the chance of doing so.
Efficiency - Giannis Antetokounmpo
As we mentioned before, one of the most impressive things about Giannis Antetokounmpo's numbers this season is the fact that he's doing that much damage in just 30.8 minutes per game. That speaks volumes about how efficient he's been all year long.
Giannis currently has a league-leading 31.6 PER. He also leads the Association in usage percentage (37.4%), defensive rating (96.3), defensive win shares (4.8), field goals (623), two-pointers (540), defensive rebounds (653), and box plus-minus (11.5) with a true shooting percentage of 60.8%.
Leadership - Giannis Antetokounmpo
This one's pretty self-explanatory at this point in his career. Giannis Antetokounmpo has led by example with his relentless work ethic and has turned the Milwaukee Bucks from a borderline playoffs team to the driving force in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks have logged the best record in the league in two straight seasons and it has everything to do with Giannis. They've put together a nice core around him but there's absolutely no doubt that they'll only go as far as the Greek Freak can take them.
Handles - Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum has been working on his game and craft since he can walk. The guy can literally do it all and he hasn't hesitated to showcase his entire skillset thus far on his young NBA career. He's not much of a playmaker but he can always make something happen with the rock on his hands.
Tatum has an incredible ability to create off the dribble. He can put defenders on skates with his crafty moves and excels while operating in tight space as well. There's no efficient way of trying to stop him as he can turn the corner in the blink of an eye.
Athletic - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't only the most athletic power forward in the Orlando bubble but also one of the most athletic players in the history of sports. His huge wingspan and length allow him to play and guard all five spots with ease.
Giannis can take off from the free-throw line. He's a one-man fast-break that only needs to take like 5 dribbles to go baseline-to-baseline. I mean, there's a reason why they call him the Greek Freak, even though he's worked on his overall game to not rely solely on his athleticism.
Rookie - Zion Williamson
It only took Zion Williamson 19 games to prove that he was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent and that he was definitely worthy of the patience and the 1st overall pick. The guy demolished NBA defenses as if he was still playing vs. high schoolers.
Zion's combination of raw power, athleticism, and skill is something we hadn't seen since Shaquille O'Neal. The guy was born to hoop and, barring major injuries, he has the potential to be the best player in the world in just a couple of years.