The observation is quite clear: the wind is rushing more and more into the NBA slots in recent seasons, especially in the defensive phases. The raids are in full swing, aided by an arrangement that aims to provide fans with more spectacle and highlights.
And in recent weeks, the league’s superstars have been piling up high-profile performances like a wild bouquet in the constant fireworks display of the regular season.
“If you don’t double, you get 50 pawns, guaranteed!” »
As an attentive viewer and, better yet, a first-rate actor, Fred VanVleet can see what’s happening in the NBA right now with Donovan Mitchell (71 points), Luka Doncic (60 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists) or even Nikola Jokic (41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists). assist) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (55 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists), it’s really crazy!
“It’s amazing to see as a fan now,” explains the Raptors point guard on the “Old Man and Three” podcast. ” But I think we’re seeing a transition happening in the NBA. The players who have dominated the League for the last ten to fifteen years are still at a very high level. There’s LeBron, KD, Steph, but there’s a new guard coming up behind. The NBA is also involved with rule changes and a desire to play faster and offer fans more entertainment. I’m on League Pass every night and there are great scores everywhere! It’s pretty cool to watch. »
Fred VanVleet applauds Luka Doncic’s stunning triple double if he had to pick one of them. Facing him, the Raptors send reinforcements with as many men as possible to tire out the repeated two-man and phenom.
“All of Luke’s performances are amazing! I can’t believe teams aren’t sending him more two-man punches. If you don’t get it from two defenders, you’ll get 50 pawns, guaranteed! He’s hitting 40 and 50+ triple-doubles right now, and we’re doing individual defense on him, which is really confusing to me… Otherwise, what Donovan Mitchell has been doing has been incredible as well. First of all, these are games where all the baskets count, it’s tight. The technical quality in the attack is at an unprecedented level! »
“You see guys at 36, 37 or 38, who used to be considered old, still going forward, it’s crazy! »
Forwards do have free rein in the NBA, even if the latter has tightened the screws at certain points this year, including the walk-ons, but we still need to appreciate the magnitude of their talent. “A 40 year old game is worth a 30 year old game”but Fred VanVleet admits, but still need to put them …
“With these guys, you definitely have to send two-man shots or at least switch defenders a few times and try to get them out of their rhythm. It’s similar to what we’ve seen in the past with players like Kobe. The game plan was to try to catch him one-on-one and keep the other four players wide. We pass the ball to a guy and everyone moves aside. Although it was not our choice, there is a lot going on in the League right now. [à Toronto]. We are more at the other extreme! We may very well send you a double take [rires] ! What’s for sure is that we’re going to try a lot of different things because we’re going to have to be creative to unsettle these elite players. »
An NBA champion, NBA All-Star and even a D-League champion, undrafted player Fred VanVleet is starting to hit the ground running after arriving in Toronto in 2016. The history of the league, a transfer of power between two great generations.
“Yes, it’s a perfect combination with historical players still in great shape, with the development of treatments. At 36, 37, or 38, which used to be considered old, we see guys who still manage to get ahead, it’s crazy! It gives a good mix with the arrival of the new wave. And the game continues to evolve. The pace picks up again, moving from one side of the field to the other very quickly. With two more points and a lot of close matches in the squad, you can feel the talent fading. But this is not so. Every game there are probably five or six guys on the court who can take over and dominate the game. »
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