The Passing Game Vol. 6: Giannis, LeBron, Rondo

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Welcome to The Passing Game, where we simply take the time to glorify the dimes being thrown all around us.

Here were some noteworthy dimes in the NBA over the weekend.

The Greek Freak didn’t get his name from throwing polished passes like these, but it’s an awesome sight to see him develop in the passing game. In high screen action with Greg Monroe, Giannis forced Ian Mahinmi out and made a perfect read of a bounce pass behind Mahinmi to hit Monroe for a layup. The length of Giannis really allowed him to make this pass. Don’t underestimate who I think is Michael Carter-Williams in the opposite corner spacing up and taking his defender out of the play.

Usually it’s Kevin Love throwing the full court outlets to LeBron, but that doesn’t mean he can’t return the favor. The best part about these passes is the fact that Love and LeBron both have their eyes up the floor immediately after the rebound. This time LeBron found Kevin Love streaking ahead and hit him on point with a full court pass for a dunk.

Rondo is on a triple-double tear as of late and back to making plays like this one. He threaded the needle in transition, effectively beating all of the Magic players with a zipping bounce pass from behind half court that hit Ben McLemore in stride for an open dunk. Only the best of passers can pull this one off.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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