Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Road to Success

“He could end up being the best player to ever play” Kevin Durant on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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This was said by the one and only Kevin Durant, a top 3 player in the league currently, and a former MVP. And, in my opinion, this is not an overstatement. If Giannis continues to improve at the pace he has been improving, there is a possibility that Giannis Antetokounmpo will end his career as the greatest NBA player of all-time.

Last year, at age 22, Giannis became the first player in NBA history to be in the top 20 of all five major statistical categories (Points, Assists, Rebounds, Steals, Blocks). Remember, he was only 22 years old! Giannis is one of the few players in NBA history who can legitimately do it all on the basketball court. He is able to pass with ease, his scoring techniques at the rim and on the fastbreak are unmatched, grabbing rebounds is easy for him with his 7’4” wingspan and his hands which are a foot wide, and last but definitely not least, Giannis can play defense.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a defensive nightmare for the opposing team. If a point guard matches up with him, Giannis will step around him with his long legs and finish at the rim. If a small forward guards him, then he can pass to an open shooter, or take one step into the key, and lay it up easily. He is 6’11” point guard, the tallest in NBA history. Though he is like LeBron James as they are both listed at small forward, but can easily slide into the point guard position.

In order to become one of the greatest players of all-time by the end of his career, he needs two things, personal success and team success. There is no doubt that Giannis will get his share of personal awards including all-star appearances, MVPs, and possibly even defensive player of the year. Team success will be the X-factor deciding how Giannis is compared to other all-time greats when he is retired. The Bucks current backcourt, Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon, fit Giannis’s playstyle flawlessly. Both can play without the ball, which is perfect, as Giannis needs the ball in his hands to succeed. Also, Brogdon and Middleton can shoot with very high accuracy. Because of Giannis’s lackluster jump shot, the Bucks’ backcourt duo is perfect for Giannis. Jabari Parker and Thon Maker are the players who can either make or break the Milwaukee Bucks’ future. If Jabari recovers from his knee injury like he did the last, the Bucks will have arguably the brightest future in the NBA.

Finally, the Bucks have a coach who had a very similar game as Giannis. Both can get a triple-double on any given night and both lack a trustworthy jump shot. Jason Kidd has a whole lot of experience in the NBA and can teach Giannis a thing or two.

Don’t be surprised if 20 years later, we recognize Giannis as the greatest player of all-time. The sky is the limit for The Greek Freak.

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