Giannis Antetokounmpo After winning the Most Improved Player award in 2017, he established himself as one of the best players in the NBA. After winning his first championship in 2021, he is back-to-back MVP, DPOY and Finals MVP.
In reviews like this, the Greek Freak is the epitome of hard work and physical transformation that has helped him become one of the top 3, if not the top 5 players in the league today. Averaged 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists on 55.3 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from beyond the arc.
The Bucks lost seven games to the eventual ECF champion Boston Celtics this year. In that second-round series against Boston, Antetokounmpo became the first player to post 200/100/50 in a playoff series. The six-time All-Star finished with 237 points, 103 rebounds and 50 steals and averaged 31.6 points, 14.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 12 playoff games.
However, despite what the six-time All-NBA selection has accomplished since being drafted 15th overall in the 2013 draft, one former superstar believes Giannis Antetokounmpo has a lot to learn.
Giannis contempt is wild.
And it just makes them look like idiots. pic.twitter.com/JJEBGRGejP
— Nathan Marzion (@nathanmarzion) August 26, 2022
Last week, Gilbert Arenas said on his podcast that Antetokounmpo “doesn’t understand how to be great,” and in a later post, he said that while Antetokounmpo is “getting stronger and wiser at the rim,” he still needs to improve his jump shot. Pass the shot. Overall, Arenas believes Antetokounmpo “has the same flaws he came into the game with.”
“His game is physical right now,” Arenas said.
“I mean, if you guys have a No. 1 or No. 2 and he doesn’t understand this game yet, that’s scary,” Arenas said. – Tim Duncan’s knowledge, give him a completely different player, right?”
“Given Tim Duncan’s knowledge, isn’t he a completely different player?”
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) August 31, 2022
Although Arenas has a point where Antetokounmpo relies on his unguarded physical tools, it would be misleading to say he hasn’t improved his jump shot. He is a 41.5 percent shooter from above average range, better than LeBron James (41.5 percent), Kyrie Irving (39.2 percent), Jimmy Butler (37.8 percent) and Jayson Tatum (37.0 percent). Since 2017-18, he has hovered around 30 percent as a long-range shooter.
In raw numbers, the Greek Freak has averaged better than five assists per game in five of the past six seasons. In advanced stats, Antetokounmpo had a 30.4 assist percentage and 34.0 percent usage rate while owning a 1.77 assist/turnover ratio.
Regardless, the Bucks and Antetokounmpo are on track to win the 2021 title in 2022-23. If they can stay healthy when it matters most, the Bucks should be a 2023 NBA title contender.