Giannis Antetokounmpo’s credentials read: 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA player, 2x MVP, and NBA Champion at just 27-years-old. These numbers are a testament to the fact that he’s quickly becoming one of the best in history of the league.
But for a guy with such an impeccable career, the Greek Freak is often discredited in NBA circles today.
On his podcast, Bill Simmons talked about how Antetokounmpo is on his way to being the most disrespected superstar of his generation. He said:
“I am feeling like Giannis, I don’t know if he’s there yet, but I think we’re edging there, is becoming the most disrespected superstar of his generation. You laid out some of the case today for why he should absolutely be thrown into the MVP race in every conversation. It’s not just Jokic vs Embiid, which I agree with. Just in general, I’ve never seen people go out of their way to look for more reasons not to declare somebody either the best player in the league or 1B to Durant if we’re gonna do that.”
“He answered every question we had in the Finals last year. He plays hurt, he comes through on the biggest stages, he has iconic plays, he handles his business the right way, he crushes on both ends. He’s the best defensive player in the league. He’s averaging 30, 11, and 6. He’s carried a team that’s had a lot of moving pieces during the year. he never misses games or really seems to get hurt. He’s a true freak. He’s in the prime of his career. What am I missing?”
Giannis Antetokounmpo always tries to give his best on the court by doing a little bit of everything which could be expected of him. He’s a scorer, a defender, a rebounder, and even a locker-room leader. Under his leadership, we have seen the Bucks transform from being an average team to one of the best in basketball.
With averages of 29.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game on 54.7% shooting, the Greek Freak is having another dream season with the Bucks, and there is no question that his name deserves to be in the MVP conversation.