Now working on a four year, $100 million extension, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the focal point of the Bucks’ future. With his insane height, length, and athleticism, the “Greek Freak” is a social media MVP.
With his ability to dazzle fans with his blocks, passing, and awesome fast breaks, Giannis is a fan-favorite. He is much more than just that, though. Since being selected 15th overall in 2013, Antetokounmpo has improved every single season in the NBA, and many people believe that he will play well enough to earn All-Star honors this coming season.
Coach Jason Kidd has already told the media that the offense for the Bucks will center around the idea of Point Giannis. With this, he is declaring that Giannis will be the primary ball handler on the offensive end, while picking up his best match-up on defense. The fact that Milwaukee is running with 6’11” Point Giannis running the show might seem weird to the uninitiated, but in reality, it’s the best thing for the team and extremely exciting.
For a player of this caliber, Giannis has plenty of strengths. For starters, he has tremendous court vision for a player of his height. His ability to see over his defenders and make smart, accurate passes to his teammates makes him a valuable playmaker.
To create these situations, Giannis is also adept at attacking the basket and drawing lots of attention. Once a team commits to his drive on defense, Giannis has all the tools to see the floor and find the open man.
Giannis is very talented in the half court, but he excels the most in transition. His length allows him to cover the floor very quickly and he also possesses a killer euro-step. His work in the fast break is what has warranted his fan-favorite label, especially in the online community. His Vines are all over social media and his outstanding off-the-court personality makes him an even more popular figure.
Lastly, Antetokounmpo is a very capable defender. With his height, length, and quickness, Giannis can guard all five positions if he needs to. This versatility is absolutely tremendous and allows the Bucks to do many things. Antetokounmpo’s ability to guard multiple positions allows Jason Kidd to implement a position-less defense, which has proved to be quite effective in the past.
Although the Bucks might have had a down season on defense last year, Giannis gives the team a great defensive backbone that can lead Milwaukee to a great season on that end of the floor.
The major weakness in Antetokounmpo’s game is his lack of a three-point shot. He has shown growing confidence in this part of his game, but that does not make up for his three-point percentage of 25.7 percent last year.
Even though he is still an outstanding player, adding a three-point shot is what can move him to the next level. He is already great at attacking the basket, but by holding the defense accountable for his shot behind the arc, Giannis would find even more space to attack.
With the entire team being centered around the play of Giannis, the addition of the deep ball to his game would not just influence his numbers, but the team as a whole.