Written by Nba2kGod11
This Current Giannis card is super cheesy as usual. He does everything well.
Bought For: I think he goes for around 40-50k? I'm not very sure. All I can say is, be patient when buying cards.
Defense: The D on this card is really nice. 82 perimeter defense, only 75 lateral quickness but with the duo it's 83. More importantly though, he's got so many defensive badges including silver clamps. Some important ones to mention are silver intimidator and pogo along with bronze interceptor and pick dodger. The 85 pass-interception tendency can help too, because he's a 6'11 PF/C with a ridiculous 7'4 wingspan; this is very useful when going for lane steals. Not only does Akumpo have that insane perimeter defense, he also has fantastic interior defense that will help a lot if you decide to play him at Center. Badges like Intimidator, Pogo, and Rim Protector make him an elite lockdown defender in the paint as well. He's got it all. Giannis can defend at a very high level.
Finishing: 84 driving layup and 82 driving dunk are pretty good, but he'll dunk even more than that because of his incredible 99 driving dunk tendency(and 90 flashy). If you play him at C he can even do a lot of standing dunks, 77 ain't bad and he has 90 standing dunk tendency as well. This is not to mention that he still has that cheesy Long Athlete layup package, and a TON of finishing badges. This card is one of the best dunkers in the game.
Rim-Running: Yes, this Giannis only has 73 speed w/ball. But he's got silver downhill and bronze QFS which makes him able to blow by opposing defenders, especially if he's up against their center. He also has that Normal 2 BtB which is great. The Greek Freak will always be amazing at attacking the basket.
- Rebounding: This card is a surprisingly good rebounder for me. Decent rebounding stats(87 defensive) and a TON of silver rebounding badges including rebound chaser. Also as I mentioned before he just has that freakish length. Snagging boards will not be a problem if you play Giannis at Center.
Shooting: 65 3 is not great, but he does have 74 mid and 80 close shot. Along with bronze difficult shots he can hit some leaning mid-ranges. Obviously Giannis won't be a sniper but his shooting isn't actually a huge weakness.
- Free Throws: 58 FT is trash, and this could be killer because he gets to the line quite often when attacking the basket. If you play meter on though I think it's not a big deal.
Recommended Strategy: Honestly I'd try playing him at center; if your opponent doesn't have Bill Laimbeer or some other center with clamps(there aren't many) just 5-OUT and blow by them for easy dunks every time. If they do then just slide him to PF. If putting him at C just doesn't work you can always slide him to PF and he'll still be very effective. Another thing to mention here is to pair him with his duo, Khris Middleton(current). They both become so much better. Giannis' close shot gets boosted from 80 to 87, driving layup from 84 to 90, driving dunk from 82 to 90(big upgrades for the finishing), lateral quickness from 75 to 83, and FT from 58 all the way to 80. These are all super SUPER important upgrades. Middleton gets his 3 from 81 to 89, mid from 87 to 91(makes him much better all-around shooter), and big boosts to his defense and speed. Honestly with the duo Middleton becomes an elite budget card too. I'd definitely recommend trying this insane duo out, they'll be unstoppable.
Use if: You want one of the most OP cards in the game.
Don't use if: You need a stretch big to hit 3s consistently.
Bottom Line: One of the best cards in the game, if you have the MT and need a C/PF Giannis will get the job done.