Giannis Antetokounmpo is the baddest man in Milwaukee.
He plays with aggression, passion, and dominance. The Greek Freak is averaging 26.4 points per game, six assists, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, cementing himself as ‘The Man’ for Milwaukee.
He is leading his team for points, rebounds and assists. His performances have placed him among the likes of LeBron James and James Harden as an MVP candidate, and his leadership qualities have served to elevate the performances of those around him.
The performances of the other Bucks around him have the likes of Khris Middleton even being considered as an All-Star for this year. Malcolm Brogdon has elevated his game to become an invaluable piece of the starting line-up.
Eric Bledsoe is leading the team with steals (1.45 per game), and Brook Lopez leads the team in blocks (2B), while also providing a perimeter threat with a three-point field goal percentage of 37.7.
The starters around the Greek Freak are elevating themselves to a level that is allowing Giannis to continue his push as an MVP favourite. Giannis’ three-point game is lacking, however, with so many three-point shooters around him, does he really need to make it a priority?
At 6’11” and 242 lbs, Giannis terrorises the paint, and can also pull up at mid-range.
His freakish physique and stature place him as two-way superstar and, if he can keep up his performances, the Bucks will be a lethal side come the playoffs.
For the Bucks to maintain their success this season, it comes down to more than just the Greek Freak playing at MVP level.
His supporting cast must also ensure they pull their weight, and cannot fall into the trap of simply giving Giannis the ball.
If Giannis is forced to carry the Bucks, much like LeBron carried the Cavaliers, he will burn out quickly by the time the postseason arrives. However, the numbers that his supporting cast are putting up suggest he won’t be forced to carry the team anytime soon.
If the Bucks can continue to perform at this level, expect Giannis to lead them deep into the postseason. The real question is, can Giannis keep his MVP calibre performances up?