VIDEO: Nets’ disrespectful defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo works perfectly
Reigning back-to-back league MPV Giannis Antetokounmpo is not a player that’s easy to defend. As it turns out, however, the new-look Brooklyn Nets appear to have found a seemingly effective way of stopping the Milwaukee Bucks superstar.
Here’s a look at the utterly disrespectful defense the Nets tried on Giannis, which apparently worked (h/t Bleacher Report on Twitter):
Nets left Giannis wide open from 3… 😬 pic.twitter.com/mZ6LATmkJp
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 19, 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo may be the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, but clearly, he’s not a very good three-point shooter. This has been one of the biggest criticisms to his game (maybe the only one?), and for their part, the Nets did extremely well to expose it on this particular defensive sequence.
Giannis is a career 28.5-percent shooter from distance, but it is worth noting that he has shown vast improvements in his acumen from long distance over the past couple of years. This season, the four-time All-Star is currently draining a career-high 1.5 triples per game. Nevertheless, he’s doing so on a 30.5-percent clip. As made evident by the video above, allowing Antetokounmpo to hoist wide-open triples is a risk opposing teams are willing to take.
If there’s anything that Giannis Antetokounmpo has proven in the past is that he works relentlessly to improve on every facet of his game — including his three-point shot. However, until he proves that he’s a real threat from distance, then we should expect more disrespectful defensive plays such as this one.