Giannis Antetokounmpo has ‘very limited’ talent, claims controversial former NBA forward
The Greek Freak displayed his strength and athleticism on both ends, pummeling the Nets’ defense, especially in the painted area.
Former NBA player Al Harrington, however, said Giannis has “very limited” skills. As a guest on The Bakari Sellers Podcast, the controversial journeyman said opposing teams can easily defend the two-time MVP (via New York Post).
“Giannis, as great as he is, he’s very limited. Why he’s so good is because all season he plays somebody once every couple of months, so you don’t really get a chance to game plan for him, so all that dribbling full court and dunking works. Now, it’s a series and his opponent can pay attention to all your weaknesses, like, ‘We know you can’t go left, we know you can’t shoot the 3,’ you’re going to get exposed every time in a series.”
Harrington, who played for seven teams in 17 seasons in the NBA made his fiery take prior to Game 6, so he might be singing a different tune now. After all, it’s hard to ignore Giannis’ 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting and 17 rebounds. He also heeded the challenge of defending Nets superstar Kevin Durant.
But obviously, what matters most for Giannis Antetokounmpo is they extended the series to a winner-take-all Game 7. Like Al Harrington, many have criticized him for his lack of shooting and other versatile skills, but as he has proven throughout his career, his abilities are enough to power the Bucks. Now, limit that!