Giannis Antetokounmpo: MVP is on track to be franchise’s all time stat leader

Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Giannis Antetokounmpo showed the world last season why he is one of the greatest players in the NBA today as he led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first title in 50 years.

After hoisting the Finals MVP, many have started to say that Antetokounmpo could be the best Buck to ever lace them up. That is a feasible argument, particularly as he is currently on track to lead the Bucks in all five major statistical categories for their history. More than likely, he will accomplish this and set the record for all five of these major statistical categories in the next five to six seasons.

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Currently, Giannis already sits second in all-time Milwaukee Bucks franchise points with 12,329. Antetokounmpo is behind only  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s 14,211 points. Providing that stays healthy, he will easily surpass Abdul-Jabbar in this prestigious category either during the 2021-22 or 2022-2023 season, given his prowess as a scorer that has taken off over the past few years.

One category down, four to go.

Looking at other statistical categories that Giannis Antetokounmpo could leave his mark in Milwaukee Bucks’ history

Heading into the 2021-22 season, Giannis Antetokounmpo ranks second in franchise history with 5,371 total rebounds. Again, he is second to only Kareem’s 7,151 total rebounds.

When it comes to dropping dimes, Giannis is third in franchise history with 2,632. He ranks behind the franchise’s all-time assist leader in Paul Pressey with 3,272, followed by Sidney Moncrief with 2,689.

Being the proficient shot-blocker that he is and having developed a knack for blocking opponents in transition, aka the chase-down block, Giannis ranks second in franchise history in the blocks category. Alton Lister is currently the all-time franchise leader with 804, with Giannis only 39 behind with a total of 765.

Another area in which the Greek Freak excels on the defensive side of the ball is in the steals category. Giannis ranks eighth in franchise history with 692 career steals. He ranks two spots behind current teammate Khris Middleton, who has 703 career steals. The all-time franchise leader in steals is former point guard Quinn Bucker with 1,042. This can and should be surpassed by both Middleton and Giannis at some point in their illustrious careers.

Let’s look at this further from a statistical standpoint. As it stands, Giannis is 1,892 points behind Abdul-Jabbar. If he averages 28.1 points per game during the 2021-22 season, he should become the all-time franchise leader after game number 68.

In the rebounds category, Giannis is behind Abdul-Jabbar by 1,790 total rebounds. This should be surpassed in the next two to three seasons, providing he averages 11.8 rebounds per game, which is more than feasible.

If Giannis averages 1.3 blocks per game during the 2021-22 season, he will easily surpass Lister and become the all-time franchise leader. With only 40 blocks needed to accomplish this, this should come to fruition after about 30 games into the season.

For Giannis to become the all-time franchise leader in steals, this will be the most difficult task of all five of the major statistical categories. He is 350 steals behind Buckner. If he averages 1.2 steals per game moving forward, he should take the lead within the next 300 games or so.

Also, with both Middleton and Giannis being signed long-term and if their contracts go into 2026, Middleton should continue to rack up the steals and remain ahead of Giannis. Five players remain ahead of Middleton and seven ahead of Giannis in this category overall.

If Giannis is able to accomplish this feat and become the Milwaukee Bucks all-time franchise leader in five major statistical categories, he will have reached his pinnacle with one championship trophy and championship MVP (and hopefully more) to his name.

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While remaining healthy for his career and having a little bit of luck will contribute to achieving such a task, this would no doubt catapult Giannis Antetokounmpo to one of the top-five players of all-time in NBA history.