Three games into the 2017-2018 regular season, the Bucks are standing at 2-1 and with averages of 38.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.7 spg, and 1.0 bpg, Milwaukee’s “Point-Everything” Giannis Antetokounmpo is taking the league by storm. The Greek Freak is living up to Kobe Bryant’s Challenge expectations of winning MVP. Giannis is scoring at will and is doing it in an extremely efficient way, the Greek Freak is shooting the ball at an eye-popping 67.2% from the field, 75% from the free throw line, and is leading the NBA in scoring with only ONE made three pointer. Insane? Yes. Shocking? Not really.
Giannis’ performances have been jaw-dropping so far this season, especially with the Bucks victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on October 21st. Antetokounmpo displayed the full arsenal, mainly in the last few possessions of the game. With 17 seconds left in the game down 1, Giannis rips up C.J. McCollum, runs the floor and uses his 7 foot wingspan and explosiveness to take off just inside the free throw line for the slam. The dunk gave him a new career high in points (44) and put the Bucks ahead by 1. Then in the next Blazers possession, the Freak sealed the deal by playing rim-protector and blocking Jusuf Nurkic’s game-winning attempt.
The league has had its eye on Antetokounmpo on his overall development for a while now, and many have chimed in on his recent play. After a tough loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last week, LeBron had some very encouraging words for the young Buck, “He has the skill set, he has the talent and he has a great coach that can help him get to that point” [referring to his MVP chances and Kobe’s Challenge]. Earlier in the month, Warriors’ Kevin Durant mentioned that Giannis is not even close to his true ceiling yet, claiming “the Greek Freak I think is a force… He could end up being the best player to ever play if he really wanted to.” Wow. The soon-to-be 23 year-old Giannis receiving praise from the most high in James and Durant speaks volume. It is scary to think that in only three games in many, including myself, are already putting Giannis on top of the MVP race.
It is truly an incredible start to not only Giannis’ season but Milwaukee’s as well. The Bucks team success rides on the Greek Freak’s broad shoulders. But as one man once said, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. If Giannis continues to be the one man wrecking crew, I don’t see any problems with Antetokounmpo taking home the MVP hardware and the Bucks making a deep run in the playoffs.
Written By: Daniel Malakismail