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“These 2 superstars get on the nerves of the whole league”

The big names in the league don’t always have a fan base within the NBA, but two players in particular would annoy a lot of their peers. In any case, this is what a respected veteran says… It must be said that they clash quite a bit because of their atypical profiles.

For a long time, the United States has largely dominated the competition, when it comes to basketball. Nevertheless, the other nations are gradually falling behind, both collectively and individually. The French team is a very good example of this, having beaten Team USA twice between 2019 and 2021 and offering a great challenge in the Tokyo Olympics final. However, one can also simply observe the NBA to realize one thing: the international athletes are taking the advantage.

Indeed, among the Top 5 votes for the MVP of 2021-22, four players are not from US territory: Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and of course, the double title holder Nikola Jokic. Devin Booker is therefore practically an anomaly in this ranking! If the Greek Freak and the Cameroonian pivot have notably imposed themselves (literally) thanks to their mammoth physique, it is another story when it comes to their Slavic peers.

Indeed, Doncic and Jokic are very far from corresponding to the profile of über-athlete that can frequently be found on the floors. This had also worried the scouts a lot, in their beginnings… and yet, the Serb is one of the most dominant players in the world today, while El Matador left to embody the face of the league from here to little time, thanks to his crazy perfs. A finding that greatly disturbs Americans, as Goran Dragic recently explained to the media Sports :

Goran Dragic cash on Luka Doncic and Niko Jokic

Jokic’s IQ is such that he has fun with others on the pitch. Americans put themselves forward through marketing, that’s normal, but when you put everything on the ground, it’s another story. Jokic is not fast, he doesn’t jump and it gets to their nose, how can a man play like that? NBA players are all in good shape, they have to be six percent body fat, they have to know how to jump… And I think it gets on their nerves, how can Jokic and Luka play like that?

Of course, the Slovenian must see this very favorably, given that he is Halleluka’s partner in the national team. Beyond that, it is true that the two men completely clash with the way they play, relying much more on their technical palette than on their bodies in order to beat their opponents. A principle that goes completely against what we learn at US nuggets, especially through the AAU circuit in high school.

If it is therefore not surprising that they each have a hell of a base of haters on American territory, it is clear that they have also opened the door a little more to atypical players, who do not necessarily have the biggest athletic qualities in the world. After the greats like Tony Parker, Pau Gasol or Dirk Nowitzki allowed foreigners to settle permanently in the NBA, they are now leading the way. Hard to criticize them for that.

According to Goran Dragic, Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic are seriously getting on American nerves. A priori, however, they have nothing to do, they who are determined to finish among the best players in history. Nothing will stand in their way.



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