His team sucks, but that’s ok.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, a lifesize basketball distributing electric eel, is quietly becoming the NBA’s next All-Star caliber point guard.
Since the All-Star Break, when Jason Kidd relented and let him start at point guard, he has put up some wild numbers:
21 games, 18.4 PPG, 9 RPG, 7 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 48.5 FGP
Good lord! That stretch has included four triple-doubles. One of them was a 28-14-11-4-2 line against the Nets. This guy is 21, 6’11, can essentially dunk without jumping, and can make passes like this:
Oh yeah, and he can also do this:
He is a true freak. The NBA has seen tall point guards (Magic Johnson, Shaun Livingston, Penny Hardaway) and tall players with incredible finesse and athleticism (Kevin Durant, George Gervin), but this combination is completely unprecedented.
And according to an article by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Giannis at point guard may be a full-time deal instead of a fun experiment in meaningless games.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said after Tuesday’s practice that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the team’s starting point guard at the beginning of next season.
The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo has made a successful transition to point guard over the last two months and recorded four triple-doubles since late February.
“We’re going to go forward with him (Antetokounmpo) handling the ball,” Kidd said. “You can call him point guard, point forward, point center, however you want to look at it.”
Magnificent. It’s a blessing that Giannis and one of the five or six best point guards ever ended up as a player-coach combination.
The Bucks are extremely young and extremely talented. Jabari Parker is 20 years old. Khris Middleton is 24. Greg Monroe is 25. Giannis Ankdgbrtttksbkpmo is 21 years old, and has another five or six years until he enters his physical prime.
I’ve never been to Milwaukee. I’m sure it’s a cold and dark place, but at least they have the next 15 years to watch stuff like this:
Image via Slamonline