Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was in the news recently for his comments on which NBA stars are genuinely “untouchable.” Kerr just had three names on the list – LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
For the sake of argument, let us ask if Giannis is really untradeable? At 26-years-old, he is a two-time MVP and can legitimately be called a superstar. His rise has been meteoric from an unknown first-round pick coming out of Greece to one of the most unstoppable players in the league.
In 48 games this season, he has been averaging 28.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, six dimes, 1.1 steal, and 1.3 blocks on 56.4% shooting from the field. He is pretty much unguardable in one-on-one situations. The scary thing is, Antetokounmpo has not even peaked. He is still working hard on his shooting, which is his only Achilles’ heel but has als0 been one of the causes of his team’s exits in the postseason.
The Greek Freak is under a monster contract with the Milwaukee Bucks until the 2025-2026 season with the last year a player option. However, should Antetokounmpo decide to leave for greener pastures in search of a ring or for various reasons, below are four trades the front office should take.
1. Luka Dončić, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks
From one European star to another. Dončić took the NBA by storm the moment he stepped on the hardwood as a 19-year-old. His game was much more matured than most analysts expected.
Using his craftiness and underrated athleticism, Dončić effortlessly creates his own shot and can light up the scoreboard on a nightly basis. With his incredibly high basketball IQ and understanding of the game, he sets his teammates up to make plays. He is also a strong rebounder for the position and is a threat to post a triple-double each game. This season, he has been putting up 28.6 points, 7.9 boards, and 8.7 assists.
He is talented enough to have a team built around him and at 22-years-old, he will make the Bucks win games in the present and the future. Also, his game should age better than Giannis Antetokounmpo’s will, since it is not as dependent on athleticism and physical tools.
2. Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
When the basketball world first laid eyes on Williamson throwing down thunderous dunks for Spartanburg Day School, we knew a star was in the making. Fast forward to this season and Zion has been a force for the Pelicans, especially inside the paint.
In 53 games this season, he is averaging 26.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per outing on a ridiculous 61.7% shooting from the field. While he is best known for his unreal leaping ability at 6’7, 284 pounds, his playmaking has been flying under the radar.
Williamson has his best basketball ahead of him and barring any serious injury, he should be a superstar. He is also one of the most marketable players out there.
3. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics, F
Tatum is an elite scorer, who can hit a shot from anywhere on the field. He has slowly been rounding out his game and has become a reliable passer and one of the most underrated defenders out there. His partner in crime, Brown has similar stats and just made his first All-Star team this season.
The two are ideal building blocks for any franchise and are just going to keep better. Only time will tell if they are good enough to be the best players on a championship team.
4. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Oklahoma City Thunder, and 10 first-round picks
Gilgeous-Alexander is the biggest question mark among all the players mentioned, but he does look like a future All-Star. He is a big guard capable of stuffing the stat sheet. The sheer amount of draft picks the Thunder to have is enough that even the most inept front office will find a star.
The Thunder have a mind-numbing 17, first-round draft picks until 2027, and a massive package like that could be enough to land Giannis Antetokounmpo.