Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has gained two MVP awards, a Defensive Participant of the Yr award and brought an NBA championship to the town of Milwaukee for the primary time since 1971.
Antetokounmpo is off to a torrid begin to kick off the 2022-23 NBA season, main his Bucks to a 10-3 start as he averages 31.3 factors, 11.8 rebounds, 5.2 help, and 1.3 blocks per sport.
And but, Antetokounmpo nonetheless doesn’t really feel he’s the face of the NBA.
On an episode of “How Hungry Are You” with Bucks’ teammate Serge Ibaka, Antetokounmpo stated that whereas he looks like he’s “one of many faces” of the league, LA Lakers star LeBron James continues to be the highest canine.
“LeBron is,” Antetokounmpo advised Ibaka. “LeBron’s nonetheless taking part in. Steph [Curry] simply gained a championship, KD’s [Kevin Durant] nonetheless hooping. [Joel] Embiid’s killing. [Nikola] Jokic back-to-back MVP. Luka [Doncic] Magic. There’s lots of people on the market.”
Whereas Antetokounmpo stays humble, it’s exhausting to argue he’s not no less than on par with the gamers he talked about.
If not for an harm to Khris Middleton, it’s fairly possible the Bucks would have had the chance to defend their 2021 NBA title in opposition to the Golden State Warriors.
With out Middleton within the Jap Convention semifinals against the Boston Celtics, Antetokounmpo put Milwaukee on his broad shoulders, averaging 33.8 factors within the seven-game collection. He scored over 40 factors 3 times within the collection and twice grabbed 20 rebounds in a sport.
Antetokounmpo once again has Milwaukee close to the highest of the Jap Convention and is trying so as to add a second championship to his resume.
“He does every part the proper means on and off the courtroom, performs unselfishly, performs the defensive finish, modifications video games with blocked photographs, rebounding and passing,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated, in keeping with NBA.com. “He has a perception in group, a dedication to group. Giannis is Giannis, he’s particular, very distinctive. We’re all grateful to be a part of this whereas he goes on his journey.”