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This is the first installment of a preseason series in which ESPN fantasy experts debate a pair of players who have similar fantasy values and/or average draft positions. First up, Greg Rosenstein and Tom Carpenter battle over a fantasy legend in the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks upstart Giannis Antetokounmpo.Carpenter on why Antetokounmpo should go ahead of JamesLets just get this out in the open: I have a fantasy crush on the 21-year-old Antetokounmpo. Enough so that I can type his name quickly and say his name without tripping over my tongue, like Stacey King.I think his ultimate ceiling is comparable to Kevin Garnett in his Big Ticket prime. I always did everything possible back in the day to land KG, and The Greek Freak will be no different.LeBron has a safe floor on a per-game basis, but his ceiling is shrinking each year, as he focuses on staying healthy and preparing for another deep playoff run, while leaning more on his teammates during the regular season.As for The Greek Freak, Ill grant that his floor could be dangerous for a first-round pick, but lets check out that sky-high ceiling.Consider his post-All-Star break numbers last season: 18.8 PPG, 7.2 APG, 8.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 50.9 FG%.Now consider KGs numbers in his third season at age 21: 18.5 PPG, 4.2 APG, 9.6 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 1.8 BPG, 49.1 FG%.... and LeBron in his third season, at age 22: 31.4 PPG, 6.6 APG, 7.0 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 48.0 FG%.Are you giddy for Giannis yet?You can see what the youngster has in common with those fantasy legends is versatility -- the ability to score efficiently, dish, hit the glass and play defense. The key to Antetokounmpos ceiling this season will be field goal attempts per game. Garnett averaged 15.8 FGA per game during his third campaign, while James averaged 23.1 FGA per game.Twenty-three points per game is a pipe dream for Antetokounmpo; even I cant hope for that, since the Bucks ranked 22nd in pace last season. On the other hand, he averaged 14.1 FGA per game after the break, so KGs 16-plus is well within reach and could easily be passed, since last seasons Bucks scoring leader Khris Middleton is out for most of the season.Just as importantly, he is going to be the de facto point guard, since this team doesnt have anyone worthy of running an offense -- no offense to Matthew Dellavedova or Michael Carter-Williams -- so he is going to have the rock in his hands constantly. Serving in that role after the All-Star break last season, he racked up five triple-doubles (in 26 games), compared to Russell Westbrooks 10 and LeBrons two.Antetokounmpo stands a Garnett-esque 6-foot-11, 222 pounds, is able to play all five positions, and will be a matchup nightmare for every team he faces. Furthermore, that versatility helps fantasy teams, because he is eligible at SG, SF and PF, unlike James, who slots in at only SF and PF.And when you are fighting for a fantasy championship in March and April, James will be skipping random games, as he focuses on another NBA championship. Last season, he sat out four games in the last month, which means he stole 101.2 points, 27.2 dimes and 29.6 boards from you in roto games ... and one big box score per week four times in head-to-head playoffs.We should fully expect Antetokounmpo to continue playing big minutes in every game down the stretch this season, because he is young and has missed a total of three games the past two seasons.When it comes to fantasy drafts, I prefer targeting young players who are at the start of their career arcs with the hope they will explode and outpace their draft spots. So be bold, take Antetokounmpo in the middle of the first round over James and enjoy the fantasy crush all season long.Rosenstein on why James should go ahead of AntetokounmpoDont get me wrong, I love The Greek Freak. Milwaukees fourth-year do-everything small forward, is one of the most exciting players in the NBA. At 6-foot-11 with the ability to compete on both ends of the court at nearly every position, hes among the most unique individual talents in the sport.But hes no LeBron.The Cavaliers small forward/power forward has three more NBA titles, 10 more playoff appearances, 12 more All-Star games, four more regular season MVPs... I could go on and on about his career accomplishments. Hes a guaranteed Hall of Famer and will likely finish as one of the top five players of all-time.However when dealing with just this season, Id still side with the King.Part of the reason, in fact, is consistency. I know exactly what Im going to get from him. If you take out his rookie season in 2003-04 -- still a very strong year at age 20 -- he has never averaged less than 25 points, six rebounds, six assists or 1.4 steals a game in 12 years. Hes also never shot under 69 percent from the line, 30 percent from 3-point range or 47 percent from the field. Again, this is when hes at his worst, and oftentimes hes much higher in these respective categories.Is there any real reason to think any of that will change in 2016-17? Antetokounmpo, in contrast, had a career-year last season, averaging 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.2 steals a contest. Thats cute. It would also constitute as LeBrons worst season ever.I think the biggest argument you can make for the Greek Freak is his versatility. If you draft him early, you can plug him in at one of three positions. Thats a big deal. But it also means hes going to be handling the ball more outside the arc running the offense and is likely to be further away from the rim more than ever before. This means a worse shooting percentage. According to, Antetokounmpo shot 60.5 percent from less than eight feet (66.37 percent of his shots) and only 29.7 from more than eight feet (33.63 percent of his shots). His attempts from further away are likely to increase in this new role.The loss of Khris Middleton should increase Antetokounmpos usage percentage, but keep in mind Middleton was one of the only above-average 3-point shooters on the team. Spacing will be an issue for the Bucks in 2016-17, forcing players like Giannis to take bad shots.LeBron, once again, will be LeBron. Few players in the game can match his combination of scoring, distributing, and rebounding. While Giannis is an extremely promising player, at this point were still just hoping he takes that next step. James took that step more than a decade ago and has remained at that elite level, and Id take that any day of the week. Marlon Mack Jersey . JOHNS, N. Quincy Wilson Youth Jersey . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. . 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CLEVELAND -- The Indians put on a historic base-stealing display Friday night -- at the Angels expense.Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez each stole three bases to help Cleveland tie the franchise record with eight and the Indians routed Los Angeles 13-3.Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor added steals for Cleveland to match the record that was first accomplished on Aug. 27, 1917, against the Washington Senators. The eight steals allowed also are the most in club history for the Angels.You have to trust your instincts and go, said Davis, the American League leader with 31 steals. Theres something you look for and go off that.Our baserunning set the tone, Indians manager Terry Francona said. We had hits to get on. We stole bases. We just didnt run with abandon. We were intelligent.Brandon Guyer, who had five RBI, homered in the second and had two-run singles in the fifth and eighth. Ramirez was 3 for 5 with a home run -- extending his hitting streak to 16 games -- and Kipnis was 4 for 5 for the AL Central leaders.Carlos Carrasco (8-6) allowed three runs in seven innings and won for the first time since July 20.Tyler Skaggs (1-1) gave up seven runs in five innings for the Angels. Albert Pujols drove in two runs and Kole Calhoun homered.Los Angeles has lost eight in a row, its longest losing streak since 1999.The Indians ran wild on the combination of Skaggs and catcher Geovanny Soto. Davis stole second and third and scored in the first. Ramirez duplicated the feat in the fourth.Davis and Ramirez each stole second in the fifth, and Kipnis swiped second in the first.Skaggs, making his fourth start of the season, took the blame for the steals.Its a mixture of a lot of things, all of theem my fault, he said.dddddddddddd. Definitely slow to the plate. This loss is on me today. I got to be better.It seemed like it kind of affected him on the mound, Davis said. His pitches -- I dont know the locations they were in -- but it seemed like Kip was getting some good pitches to hit. And he usually hits good pitches really well.Lindor stole second in the sixth with Deolis Guerra pitching. Sotos throw sailed into center field, allowing Kipnis to score. Ramirez, Kipnis and Lindor each drove in two runs.Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana didnt play after being hit in the head by a foul ball while standing in the dugout Thursday. Santana was back in the dugout wearing a batting helmet Friday and scrambled out of the way of another foul ball in the first inning.THIS ONE WAS A WINThe 1917 Indians lost the game when they stole eight bases against the Senators, dropping an 11-9 decision. Hall of Fame right-hander Walter Johnson pitched in relief, allowing one run in the final five innings.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: 1B C.J. Cron (broken left hand) began a minor league rehab assignment on Friday and is expected to play five or six games before returning to the Angels.Indians: Santana will undergo further evaluation to determine if he has a concussion.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Matt Shoemaker pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 11 against the Indians on June 11 at Angel Stadium. Hes pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings versus the Indians.Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (0-1) will make his fifth major league start in the third game of the series. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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