Giannis Antetokounmpo: 3 big improvements made in 2019-20 season

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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Scoring the ball

It goes without saying that Antetokounmpo’s standing as one of the most fearsome scorers in the NBA hit another level this season.

Antetokounmpo regularly flirted with breaking the 30-point per game wall all throughout the 2018-19 season, but his rate of scoring jumped exponentially when you take into account per-36 standards. By that measure, Antetokounmpo averaged a career high 34.5 points per-36 minutes, which stands as the highest scoring mark of all NBA players this season.

The fact that he’s been able to maintain his high-level efficiency, as evidenced by his 60.8 true shooting percentage, is even more remarkable. Much of that can be drawn to the fact that Antetokounmpo leads the NBA with 17.5 paint points in the game for the second straight year and the same goes for leading the league by compiling the most made field goals within the restricted area, which he’s converted at a 72.9 percent clip.

Of course, Antetokounmpo’s developing ability to hit shots off the dribble from 3-point range has helped him open up his already lethal scoring prowess more as he’s hitting 30.6 percent of his triples this year.

All of those glowing marks have combated the downturn that Antetokounmpo has experienced when going to the free throw line, but there’s no mistake that he’s the best he’s ever been in filling it up at the basket.