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NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo Has Been Dominant Early

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Giannis Antetokounmpo blocking a shot attempt. (Photo via Milwaukee Bucks Instagram)

Analyzed Sports : Charron Elliott

Is The Greek Freak MVP Bound?

It is the second week of the NBA season and if you read my NBA Preview you know I had Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks as one of my regular season MVP candidates.

Antetokounmpo’s stats have been amazing through four games, as he leads the league in points per game (36.8), while also grabbing 11 rebounds, and five assists per contest.  He has made nearly 66 percent of his field goal attempts (58-of-88) and while his scoring average is high he has only taken six 3 pointers and made one. I’ll let that sink in for a second because in a league where the three-point shot has become increasingly a point of emphasis it is crazy to think that someone can be so effective offensively without really using it.

Giannis is a defense’s worst nightmare because although he is nearly seven-foot tall he has guard like abilities when it comes to handling the basketball and getting to the rim. Obviously he is too tall for most forwards/guards in the league to cover but he is also too quick and shifty for most defenders his size. With that being said, even if opponents decide to foul Giannis he has is a pretty solid free throw shooter, making around 75 percent off his attempts from the foul line.

“The Greek Freak” can play both ends of the court and isn’t afraid to challenge shots on the defensive end or anticipate what an opponents’ offense will do. He is tied for fifth in the NBA in steals (2.3) and at his size Giannis alters a lot of opponents shot attempts. So although the NBA season is very young it will be interesting to see where Giannis Antetokounmpo is at in the MVP race *coughs remember who picked him to win it*.

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  1. Andre Chapman

    October 26, 2017 at 12:31 am

    As the season progresses, will defenses be able to force Giannis to rely on his jumper more causing his shooting percentage and point average to come down?

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