Giannis Antetokounmpo is the starting Point Guard for the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis, or the “Greek Freak,” started at Small Forward at the beginning of last season for the Bucks, but transitioned over to Point Guard because he can handle the ball even though he is 6’11 and has a 7’3 wingspan. The Bucks like the idea of Giannis playing point guard because he can have more control over the offense while still maintaining his dominant presence over his defender.
Antetokounmpo was drafted 15th overall in the 2013 draft out of Greece where he played for the Filathlitikos B.C. basketball club. He impressed in his first year and he continued to improve every season after.
The problem that Giannis has now is that the Bucks are mediocre.
If you take Giannis off the team, there is no way that they would make the playoffs. The only other intriguing players on the Bucks are Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker. If Giannis is going to make the jump to being an all-star this season, he should make the bucks look better than they are. That means night in and night out he must have full control over this team and be their leader. That means being a James Harden type leader of the Bucks (except Giannis can play decent defense).
In the Bucks first game, Antetokounmpo scored 31 points, had 9 rebounds and 5 assists, but the Bucks still lost to the Hornets 107-96. Giannis likes to attack the paint to get most of his points and it is easy for him to do so because of his height and Durant-like wingspan. But he has also started to hit his jump shot a lot more consistently, which makes him an even bigger threat to defenses because he can either shoot over you or drive right up against you and get a layup.
Giannis shot 50% from the field last season and averaged almost 17 points per game. The Greek Freak also averaged about 8 rebounds and 4 assists last season. The assists number should go up this season because he will be running the offense this season.
The Greek Freak has little left to improve upon his game, but he needs to become more consistent for him to reach the all-star level this year. If Giannis can stay consistent this year and the Bucks look decent then Giannis will receive a ticket to the all-star game. The Bucks believe he can stay consistent and that is why they signed him to a 4-year extension worth $100 million.
I don’t expect Giannis to put up MVP numbers, but I do expect at least all-star type numbers. If he does not put up those types of numbers he will slow down his development to becoming a future superstar. The Bucks do not want for Giannis to take a step back, and if that is the case, then the Bucks have to add another superstar to the roster and add some other pieces to the roster to compliment Giannis’ playing style.