Damian Lillard & Antetokounmpo Giannis vs. Jokic & Murray: Perkins Says 'Perfect Fit'

Lillard's diverse skill set impresses former NBA stars.

by Nouman Rasool
Damian Lillard & Antetokounmpo Giannis vs. Jokic & Murray: Perkins Says 'Perfect Fit'
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In a move that has sent ripples across the NBA community, the Milwaukee Bucks executed a historic three-team trade to bring aboard the elite talent of Damian Lillard. The repercussions of this transaction were the prime focus on ESPN's "SportsCenter", where Kendrick Perkins shared his insights with Elle Duncan.

Highlighting the recent successes of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, who clinched the 2023 NBA championship title with the Denver Nuggets, Perkins analyzed the potency of the newly-formed tandem of Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee.

"Look at the synergy between Murray and Jokic last year. Now, envision the dynamic of Damian Lillard alongside Giannis. It’s a match made in basketball heaven," Perkins elaborated.

Perkins Praises Lillard's Versatility

Not one to mince words, the former NBA player further emphasized Lillard's versatility, saying, "Dame Dolla isn't just confined to ball-handling.

He has a phenomenal off-ball game, making this pairing even more formidable. If I were to place an early bet on the 2024 NBA championship title, the Bucks top my list." While the partnership of Lillard and Antetokounmpo undoubtedly stands out, the Bucks' roster has further depth and potential.

With stars like Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez joining the starting lineup, and either Pat Connaughton or Malik Beasley filling the shooting guard spot, Milwaukee's bench strength looks solid with assets such as Bobby Portis, Robin Lopez, and Jae Crowder.

The hunt might still be on, with the team possibly eyeing seasoned players like Will Barton, Terrence Ross, Austin Rivers, Cameron Payne, Kendrick Nunn, and Justise Winslow. The monumental deal saw the Milwaukee Bucks secure Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers in an arrangement involving the Phoenix Suns.

Milwaukee sent Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, one first-round pick, and two first-round pick swaps in exchange. Portland welcomed Holiday, the trio of first-round picks, and secured DeAndre Ayton and Toumani Camara from the Suns, while parting with Jusuf Nurkic, Keon Johnson, and Nassir Little to Phoenix.

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