A dominant force on both ends of the floor, Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2020-21 while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent from beyond the arc. Offensively, Leonard has developed into a master of the midrange, where he has a throwback ability to pull-up on opponents or hit fadeaways over their hard contests, and his defense on the perimeter has remained elite throughout the years. The reigning league MVP two seasons running, Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most freakish talents basketball has ever seen, long-armed, coordinated, skilled, almost 7-feet tall and possessing otherworldly athleticism, and he wasn't even born in the States, but in Greece to Nigerian parents. That just goes to show the level of player that the rest of the world is beginning to develop in comparison to the USA. Despite Leonard's excellence, we have to give the edge here to the Rest of the World team, as Antetokounmpo is the reigning two-time MVP, making a run at the award yet again as we approach the halfway mark this season and makes an impact defensively that can't be matched by many players, if any at all.
If the season were to end today, they would be in the play-in game. That isn't exactly what they had in mind. That begs the question, what would Curry consider a successful season the rest of the way? Boston Celtics face coverings
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While Chara was being welcomed back to Boston, James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets was getting a confusing welcome home from his former team, the Houston Rockets. There was a mix of boos and cheers when made his return on Wednesday with the Nets. Although the franchise does deserve a round of applause for this tribute video they made for Harden, who acknowledged the crowd in attendance in what was an awkward homecoming. Brooklyn Nets face coverings
The sky truly is the limit for Wiseman, and the Warriors believe he, like Antetokounmpo, will blossom into a transcendent talent. That's why they were so excited he fell to them at No. 2 in the draft, and that's why they have no reservations about passing on LaMelo Ball despite the young guard's hot start for the Charlotte Hornets.Dallas Mavericks face coverings
So the real takeaway here isn’t whether LeBron or Jordan is the G.O.A.T., it’s that the Lee family pulls the strings while everyone else plays the game.
The divide between those two realities hints at why the Celtics enter Tuesday night's showdown against the LA Clippers sitting at .500, in a morass of teams fighting for position in the back half of the East playoff picture.