In January, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry wrote an article on the modernization of the NBA big man. In the story, they interviewed several All-Star centers from previous generations about how the role of the center has changed as the NBA has evolved. Many feel that the centers of yesteryear would have no place in today's pace-and-space NBA, but Shaquille O'Neal had an interesting take when he was asked if he could play in today's NBA:
"So before you say, 'Shaq can't play in this era today,' I'm already playing. My name is Giannis Antetokounmpo."
Giannis, the reigning MVP and favorite to win another this season, is generally thought of and evaluated as