Point Giannis Putting On A Show
It’s become abundantly clear that Giannis can do very close to whatever he wants now, and in many ways his biggest limitation in the coming season may arrive in him learning when he should defer, and in which kind of matchup he’s better suited to just go and get his own points as a scorer.
For as impressive as most of Antetokounmpo’s contributions have been throughout the preseason, one of the standout differences between what he’s done in those five games and what he did post All-Star break last year has been the Greek’s assist numbers.
Although it’s worth noting that his teammates missing easy shots certainly plays into that number (looking at you, Greg Monroe), Antetokounmpo’s added aggression in going to the basket leads to a number of remarkable highlights, but also more turnovers than when he takes a more controlled approach to playmaking.
Sometimes, the highlights and turnovers even end up combined.
What makes Giannis so special is that he has become equally adept at taking over and calling his own number, as he is at setting up teammates. The next stage for the Greek Freak is going to come in finding the right balance between the two, but being able to do everything and then having to learn when to pear it back is certainly a good problem to have.
The Bucks will square off with the Pacers on Wednesday in their preseason finale, and then the time for real basketball will almost be upon us.