The Greek Freak has seemingly begun his takeover of the NBA this past season, making his first ever All-Star game as a starter and winning the Most Improved Player award for 2016-17.
Antetokounmpo's stats have improved year after year, posting career-highs in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game, blocks per game and field goal percentage. Oh, and he led the Bucks in every single major statistical category. Pretty good for a 22-year-old.
But judging by Adrian Wojnarowski, one of the most trusted sources in NBA media, Giannis' time in Milwaukee may be over very soon.
Wojnarowski appeared on ESPN's Ryen Russillo's podcast last night, and had some interesting comments about Giannis and the Bucks' management.
The main takeaway from that excerpt is this.
"You don't think Giannis has been watching what went on there for the last several months? Of what they allowed to go in the (Bucks) front office? He's watching it. And the clock has started. Everyone in the league is trying to figure out how they are going to get him out of there"
If you're not informed on the situation, and to summarize, the Bucks parted ways with long-time GM John Hammond, the man who led their run of outstanding draft picks in recent years, including Giannis.
Owners then came to a disagreement on who to hire as the new Milwaukee GM, and a person who most thought would get the job, Justin Zanik, who was seen as one of the league's fastest-rising executives, was passed on for Jon Horst, a relatively unknown front office member of the Bucks, and previously the Pistons.
This sort of in-fighting among front office executives and ownership is not great for team morale to say the least, and can lead to some pretty bad decisions being made regarding staff hirings and firings, trades, and player signings.
Just look at the departure of Gordon Hayward from Utah. The Jazz franchise is one of the better well-run franchises in the NBA, and regardless of their success, they treat all their staff members with respect, including the players. Hayward still left that situation for greener pastures. Who's there to say Giannis won't do the same, considering the franchise he plays for is run worse than the Jazz?
Be warned, when the summer of 2021-22 rolls around, be prepared for the entire NBA throwing all of their money at Giannis to get him out of Milwaukee.