When it comes to on-court versatility in the NBA, only a few names immediately spring to mind; LeBron James, Scottie Pippen, and maybe even Draymond Green if you're so inclined, but after the season Giannis Antetokoumpo had for the Milwaukee Bucks last year, his name is demanding a lot more respect when it comes to the topic of jack-of-all-trades.
The Greek Freak led the Bucks in all five major statistical categories -- points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks -- over the course of last season, that is just insane. So insane in fact, that it has only happened four times prior in NBA history.
The first was back in 1977, where the Boston Celtics' Dave Cowens averaged 18.6 points, 14.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per contest, leading the Celtics in every catergory and being named an All-Star.
It took almost 20 years for the feat to be achieved again, when Scottie Pippen, minus a recently retired Michael Jordan, averaged 21.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.1 blocks a game in the 1994-95 NBA season, showing that he could be the centerpiece of a team if given the platform.
Not long after that, in the 2002-03 season, a 26-year-old Kevin Garnett averaged 23.0 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 steals a game, showing glimpses of what he would be doing the next year when he won the MVP award.
Then came the man most of us associate with all-around NBA talent, LeBron James. In the 2008-09 season, James averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest only a year removed from his first Finals appearance. As you can imagine, LeBron ran away with MVP honors that year.
Finally, Giannis is the latest in the line of past and future Hall of Famers to lead his team in every major stat category. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a 42-40 record with averages of 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.9 blocks a game. The thing that sets Giannis apart from the rest of the names mentioned above though, is that it only took until the Greek Freak's fourth year in the league to achieve this. In comparison, LeBron did it in his sixth year, and Garnett, Pippen and Cowens their eighth. That bodes well for a kid that's only 22 years of age.
The things Antetokounmpo did last year were unprecedented, and he very well could be the NBA MVP come the end of next season if the Bucks can get a few more wins underneath their belt.