There Is This Guy That We Have To Talk About & His Name Is Giannis Antetokounmpo
April 16 / Cam Littlejohn / SportsGrid
I'm going to start this conversation off by letting the viewers know I will be referring to "The Greek Freak" as Giannis, due to the fact his last name, Antetokounmpo, contains one too many syllables.
Giannis, was picked 15th overall in the 2013 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He's a 6'11" small forward, with a wingspan that stretches over 7'3". He can dribble, block shots, pass and although his three ball needs some work, his mid range is there from time to time. He can play any position on the court at any given time. Not to mention the fact that he can dribble the length of the court with only two dribbles. Think I'm lying:
Now, lets take a look at the Bucks track record. This is a team that hasn't been relevant, let alone, make it out of the first round since 2000-2001: Back when they had players like Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, and Glenn Robinson. Four years ago this team finished 15th in the eastern conference winning only 15 games (sounds almost as bad as my Brooklyn Nets this year).
But the Bucks were blessed with a miracle and they call him "The Greek Freak".
Giannis is doing crazy things this year, for a young Bucks team that starts two rookies. He is leading his team in every category, including points (22.9), rebounds (8.8), assists (5.4), blocks (1.8), and steals (1.6). He is the 5th player of all time to complete this milestone.
So why isn't he in the in the discussion for an MVP candidate?
Well when you have players like Russell Westbrook, and James Harden, (who are the top candidates for MVP) it makes it a little hard to compete. But at 22 years of age leading one of the youngest teams in the NBA to earn a 6 seed in the playoffs, all while leading his team in the major stat lines, the man deserves to be mentioned. And also putting a hurting on a good Toronto Raptors team Saturday, beating them by a solid 14 points all while putting up a career playoff high of 26 points.
MVP may not happen this year, but in the near future expect to see his name on that ballot. A Most Improved Player of the Year may be calling his name this season.
If this young Bucks team, with the leadership of Giannis, can pull off this series against Drake's infamous Raptors team, than why not throw him in the MVP discussion. The man is one of a kind, and definitely earned his name, "The Greek Freak".
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