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He came in at 5'9" with a 40" vert at the combine, so we gotta relax with this hyperbole. We all know at least one 5'9" guy who probably would have gotten a look in the NBA if he had a FORTY INCH VERTICAL. When you throw in all of the advantages of being short in the modern NBA, namely as the pick-and-roll ball handler, I’m ultimately more impressed by a guy like Jokic than Thomas. Jokic dominates people a MAGNITUDE (like, 10X) more athletic and experienced than he is without being one of the biggest defensive liabilities in the league. There’s a reason the Celtics are forced to give Marcus Smart minutes of Terry Rozier, after all, and it’s not because smart is a better offensive player…

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