Believe it or not, a former NBA player has strong opinions about how a current star would have fared back in the day.
Appearing on SLAM's No Pump Fakes podcast, former power forward Charles Oakley said two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo "would come off the bench back in the day."
"He wouldn't have been a force back in the day. ... He would have struggled, they would make him shoot jump shots," Oakley said. "He wouldn't be doing a euro step to the basket, somebody gonna knock his head off."
Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game for the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.
The 27-year-old is 6'11" with a 7'3" wingspan and has bulked up considerably over the years. He has already made five All-NBA teams and received four All-Defensive nods, as well as earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2019-2020.
A better question might be how Oakley how would manage in today's era. While he questioned the Greek Freak's ability to flourish without a reliable jump shot, Oakley made 68 of 269 three-point attempts throughout his 19-season career.
As Oakley's comments circulated, fans were quick to doubt his logic and accolades.
Would a 6'8" enforcer with no jump shot receive the same role today? Let's not even bother asking if Antetokounmpo would start in the '90s, because everybody besides Oakley knows the correct answer.