Tyreke Evans: Giannis Antetokounmpo is like a taller me
Giannis Antetokounmpo torched the Kings for 32 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and two steals in the Bucks’ 18-point win Wednesday.
Afterward, Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans paid the Greek Freak the ultimate compliment.
Sean Cunningham of ABC 10:
Do you see many players like Antetokounmpo? Evans:
If only you were an inch taller? Evans:
Antetokounmpo is listed at 6-foot-11, Evans 6-foot-6.
This isn’t totally unreasonable. Make Evans five inches taller and add none of the dexterity awkwardness that tends to accompany growth, and he might look a lot like Antetokounmpo. Both are usually slotted at forward while possessing point-guard skills.
But Evans isn’t 6-foot-11, and most 6-foot-11 players can’t move like Antetokounmpo. That fluidity for his size is a big part of what makes Antetokounmpo special. If Evans grew up to be 6-foot-11, he likely would have developed a different skill set than he has now.
Antetokounmpo is the rare player with both the height of a big man and skills of a guard. Evans didn’t miss out on that just because his genes kept him from growing another five inches.
This discussion is also silly for another reason. Somewhere, there’s someone who’s 6-foot-1 and certain he’d be as good as Evans if only he were five inches taller.