No matter the tastes or the style on the court… twenty-two years separate them. And that affects more than anything else when it comes to designing “the perfect quintet”. Perhaps because of this and even if it’s hard to believe, there is only one coincidence in the best European quintet in history that Paolo Banchero and Pau Gasol conceived just two weeks ago. interval.
In the ring ‘los Pablos’ and their five ideals from the old continent.
This age influence is obvious. The number 1 of this last Draft wins the bet, since three of the players he has chosen under the “historic” label are not only still active… it is that none of them has more than 27 year. Does this mean that the value of the quintet is less? You do not have to. But it is a remarkable fact.
- Base: Tony Parker
- Shooting Guard: Luka Doncic
- Small forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Attacker: Dirk Nowtizki
- Center: Nikola Jokic
Despite being a player brought up in the era of ‘apositionality’, the profile on his board borders on the classic, save for the detail of Luka as shooting guard. He and the Frenchman are playmakers For nature (Jokic, knock-knock!), but it does not seem complicated to imagine them sharing the perimeter as well as the creative work. For the interior zone, no less than three MVPs of the season (a double) and a few NBA champions. And what they have left.
The Spanish legend, with 14 NBA seasons behind him and an enviable track record, however, is aiming for a less prized and certainly less evocative, if not known, five for the younger generations. A name, probably, they will have to type it into Wikipedia so as not to sound at all to newcomers to the Generation Z.
- Base: Drazen Petrovic
- Shooting back: Nikos Galis/Juan Carlos Navarro
- Attacker: Toni Kukoc
- Attacker: Dirk Nowitzki
- Center: Arvydas Sabonis
Of these, only Galis has never played in the NBA, although he was selected in the fourth round of the 1979 draft (68th place). “In 2, it’s very difficult. It would probably be Nikos Galis, another all-time great. Or maybe even Juan Carlos Navarro, my good friend, who has done wonders in FIBA competitions“. Not having played a single game in the NBA was no obstacle for Galis, the Greek league’s top scorer, to be included in the Hall of Fame in 2017. (here your speech).
From Drazen, there will always be the “what if”. But a traffic accident at the age of 28 took him away from us at an early age and as his NBA career approached the peak. “He is one of the best playmakers of all time. Unfortunately, we were unable to fully enjoy his game due to his untimely death and tragic accident. Drazen was special“.
Pau grew up watching Jordan but also Kukoc, a role model for many Europeans without colossal athletic talent but with aspirations of greatness. “He was one of the main guys that inspired me as a kid. His game and his ability to play from the outside with his size and skill set, so Toni in 3”.
In the inner game lies the only coincidence. Dirk is untouchable for both. At least since Pau’s humility prevents him, in any case, from choosing himself. “These two guys have been just amazing in different eras and different generations. For me, it’s about making a difference in your career and your time period, and these two have done that. two have inspired children to do the same.”
(Cover photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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