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How good is Giannis Antetokoumpo Actually?

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Better than you thought??

Giannis Antetokoumpo is an NBA Champion and the reigning Finals MVP. There is no questioning that he is one of the brightest stars in the game today. He has most certainly done enough to be considered an all-time great and he’s just getting started. At just age 26, most would agree he has yet to hit his prime, meaning his best playing days are still ahead of him. That’s got to be scary for the rest of the league considering what he has already accomplished so far. With only eight years in, Giannis has won Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, All-Star MVP, two regular season MVPs, and one championship and Finals MVP. To say the sky is the limit for this young man would be a gross understatement. It’s enough to make one wonder, I’m sure. How good is Giannis actually? No worries. I’m here to spell it out simply.

A lot of talk surrounding the Greek Freak has been centered around what he can’t do. He’s not the best shooter. He doesn’t make as many free throws as we would like. Whatever. I think that only makes his accomplishments that much more impressive. With so many people discussing how hard it is for him to score the ball, it hasn’t seemed to affect him one bit. Hmm. How can I put this clearly? Giannis Antetokoumpo is one of the most efficient scorers this game has ever seen. Yes, you read that correctly. With his ability to snake around, through and even over traffic, very few players in the history of the NBA have been able to score as easily as he does. He can catch the ball at the three-point line, dribble the ball once and he’s at the rim for a dunk. It’s truly remarkable to see. He also gets to the free throw line at an historic clip, routinely leading the league in attempts. The Greek Freak has consistently been in the top ten in both points scored per game and field goal percentage each of the last five seasons. All while shooting 30% or less from three-point range. Call me crazy, but I’d say he doesn’t need to shoot.

Giannis is no slouch defensively either. In fact, he’s far from that. He’s a former Defensive Player of the Year and a staple on the NBA’s All-Defensive 1st team. At his height, with his athleticism, there is no reason for any of us to expect that to change. There seems to be a premium on shot-blocking rim protectors, and Giannis is one of the best in the business when it comes to that category. He can anchor an entire defense by himself or stifle the help side when he shares the floor with Brook Lopez. He can also defend the perimeter at a high level. Both wings and guards have a hard time getting past him. And even when they do, they have to worry about him coming from behind for a chase down block. He plays both ends at such a high level that it’s hard to compare him to other players. Some may score more but they aren’t even half the defender he is. And while some may be just as good defensively, they couldn’t hold a candle to him offensively. Even if you disagree, it’s easy to see why some call him the best.

Giannis will be debated as the best player in the entire world for at least the next 7 years or so assuming good health. Who’s to say he doesn’t win another few rings in that time period? Doing so in his adopted hometown, with the team that drafted him, holds that much more weight when you compare him to other greats. There is no other player in NBA history to boast the same type of resume Giannis has at such a young age. Not even Lebron James. Not even Michael Jordan. If he keeps this up Giannis is on pace to finish his career as the greatest to ever do it. Or at least put his name into the conversation. Whether or not he can keep this up though is yet to be determined.

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