Giannis Antetokounmpo was awarded his second straight MVP award this season after edging out LeBron James, but he still has another level he can reach as a player. If Giannis wants to avoid another playoff loss, he has to diversify his offensive game.
Kane Pitman: I think the big thing that I saw when I looked at LeBron throughout the entire series is his ability to not only attack, but attacking ways that are a little bit diversified compared to just running through someone and dunking the ball, which is what Giannis can do against 26 of the teams and at times has struggled for the same efficiency in the postseason for several reasons…
When I look at LeBron and the way he attacks, he will throw down the odd transition dunk from time to time now, but I think the thing that he’s been able to do throughout his whole career is put his shoulder down and get to the hoop. The other thing he does is he’s got a soft touch around the basket, and he’s got different looks that he can get. He can get to a spot and chuck up a little floater, he could use a finger roll if he needs to, and he’s got soft touch.
This is something that we spoke about with Giannis because a lot of people always speak about why he has developed a hook shot. Why doesn’t he have more post moves? Oftentimes Giannis can get to a spot where he could do something other than a layup or a dunk, but he doesn’t really have great touch around the basket. I think that would be something that I would love to see him developing. I always say that I would never doubt Giannis in bringing anything into his game from what we’ve seen over the first seven years. That soft touch that LeBron has not only allows him to score in different ways, but he protects his body and also avoids those offensive foul calls.