The best of Antetokounmpo
The best of Giannis this season came when he was aggressive and in attack mode. Quite simply, although he may not be fully aware of it just yet, Antetokounmpo borders on unstoppable when he decides he’s driving to the basket.
That element of Antetokounmpo’s play was evident as he put together a career-high in terms of both points per game (26.9) and field goal percentage (52.9 percent). In fact, from inside five feet, Antetokounmpo boasted a formidable 70.2 percent success rate.
Along with building on his scoring, Antetokounmpo averaged career-best marks in rebounding (10.0) and minutes per game (36.8), while also excelling in the advanced categories of offensive rating (108.8), net rating (3.5) and usage (31.2 percent).
In other words, the Bucks were really good when Antetokounmpo was on the court, and he was on the court a lot. There’s certainly valid cause to question the heavy load placed on Antetokounmpo’s shoulders in the future, but the 23-year-old certainly showed no signs of buckling under that weight this year.
Antetokounmpo’s rebounding is particularly worthy of being highlighted. Not only did Antetokounmpo’s 10 boards per game allow him to average a double-double for the first time in his career, but they act as further evidence of him asserting himself around the basket on both ends. With Milwaukee’s rebounding struggles, Giannis’ efforts on the glass are even more valuable too.