I think the initial defender on both kawhi and Giannis probably gets a bit too much credit. In both cases, while the primary defender is very important, they key is what happens next.
If they defended kawhi one on one, he would destroy both Middletown and brogdon. But they apply the same treatment of a secondary guy waiting as soon as kawhi tried to turn, and often a third guy trying to limit the passing angles from the double.
Ultimately, the best antidote to this defense is for the other guys to make their shots, the more we make, the less attention they can give kawhi.
Well, yes and no. The primary defender takes away the primary moves and steers the offensive player towards help. That’s a lot, and on both Kawhi and Giannis is easier said than done. Kawhi is a harder assignment, actually, because of his outside shooting ability. As magnificent as Giannis is today, if he were to develop consistent three point shot, he has the potential to become the most lethal offensive weapon in the history of the league. I am incredibly impressed by his play, both during the regular season and the playoffs.