The New Orleans Pelicans taking pictures guard C.J. McCollum ranks Lakers’ Anthony Davis over Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic because the more durable participant he’s needed to face in playoffs.
“I gotta preface this with a whole lot of issues right here,” McCollum mentioned of his rankings. “I used to be instructed to make an inventory concerning the hardest 5 gamers that I’ve performed towards within the playoffs, beginning like this. I’ve not needed to play towards this model of the Joker, proper? After I performed towards him, he was not the two-time MVP. He was not what we’re seeing now.
“However I’ve him at 5. Clearly, you may argue both method, a lot of methods. The model I performed towards, I had him because the fifth-hardest participant that we’ve needed to guard as a workforce collectively. Clearly I’m not guarding him. However we see what he has to supply, the flexibility, the talent set, averaging a triple-double, will get 30 when he feels prefer it, can get 40.
“4, I bought AD. I performed towards bubble AD, AD that shot 3s. I performed towards AD that performed some 5 and loved enjoying the 5. I performed towards AD who was gettin’ therapy at 2 a.m. so he was all the time accessible AD. I’ve him at 4. He speaks volumes when it comes to protection, presence, what he has to supply and the influence.”