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Home - Is Bucks' Leader Giannis Antetokounmpo this Year's NBA MVP?

  Is Bucks' Leader Giannis Antetokounmpo this Year's NBA MVP?

November 6, 2017

It was just in 2013 that Giannis Antetokounmpo joined the Milwaukee Bucks, signing his rookie scale contract with them – that year, he led all NBA rookies with 61 blocks, which has sort of become his thing. Within five years, he made it to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2014, he leads his team as a captain and he was picked for the NBA All-Star Team last year). Could the prestigious MVP title be in the cards for Giannis this year?

The Greek Freak Breaks Kareem’s Record

If you have been paying close attention to what the Greek player is doing on the field, the answer is a resounding yes. In the first four games of the 2017-2018 season, Giannis scored a franchise record 147 points, surpassing the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 1969 record by one point. The Greek Freak’s average in these first four games is an astounding 36.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists, a feat that only Russell Westbrook has managed to accomplish during four games – and Giannis’ has managed to score 30 points or higher for six games, if you count the playoff season.

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Source: Giannis Antetokounmpo via Facebook

Giannis has been dubbed the Greek Freak due to his amazing physical abilities: his is one of the rare occasions where his outstretched arms measure more than his height by 4 inches – he is 6 ft 11in tall and his arms measure at 7 ft 3. But beyond that, he has the stamina and the determination of a great player that will write NBA history – for anyone who has seen an NBA match, it is clear that the Bucks build their roster and their gameplan around their superstar. In other words, when he is not in play but temporarily resting on the bench, you can certainly feel it.

Giannis Leads the Bucks to Victory

But what has really struck everybody is his ability to do consistently well in almost every position: Giannis effectively sets up the game for his teammates, is great at defense (his blocking abilities are already necessary) and nonchalantly scores way more points than anyone else on his team – or in the opposing team, for that matter. In the Bucks’ season opener against the Boston Celtics, who according to the latest NBA odds as off 11/3/2017 stand at +450 to win the Eastern Conference, Giannis led the game on all accounts.

He captained his team to a 108-100 victory, with help from Middleton, Brogdon, and Dellavedova. He finished the game with 37 points, leaving Brogdon second at 19 points, and a further 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. After his first game, Celtics coach Brad Stevens called the 22-year-old “an MVP candidate” – and it seems that the suggestion grows stronger every day.

At the start of the year’s season, people were talking about Giannis as a potential MVP – but most were just driven from a place of awe at his rapid improvement and a wish that his abilities and gameplay be recognized. Now, after the season is well into its start, the MVP title does not seem a farfetched honor, but a very appropriate recognition of his exceptional results so far.

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