Selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Giannis Antetokounmpo has improved faster than expected. However, his game has to evolve even more for the Bucks to win the East and fight for the NBA Championship. A two-time NBA MVP, Antetokounmpo went to his first All-Star game in 2016-17 and he was named the captain of his team in his third All-Star appearance. No one questions his talent and most aspects of his game are either pretty good or elite, but he has no half-court game and the league knows now. This became more evident in the bubble last year.
Giannis is one of my favorite players in the NBA right now, which is why I’m so tough on him. To me, there are probably 20-30 players in the league with more skill, and some of them haven’t even been NBA All-Stars. While ‘The Greek Freak’ deserved his MVP awards, they hurt his growth; he still hasn’t developed a half-court game. Giannis Antetokounmpo should study Kevin Garnett and reinvent his whole game in order to take the Bucks to the next level. Giannis has to be comfortable in the post and make it his backbone. All of this will obviously take time, but to me this is the direction he has to go in order to take the Bucks to the next level.
‘The Greek Freak’ is not a perimeter player, and again, he needs to become the modern-day Kevin Garnett! If Giannis develops a real post game, plays at a new pace, adjusts his shooting form/touch as a power forward, becomes a monster on the block, develops hooks, push shots, banks and occasionally steps outside and runs it, then there’s no limit for what he can accomplish individually and with the Bucks. If Antetokounmpo masters these elements of his game, it’ll do him and the Bucks wonders this year and in the future. This needs to be almost automatic for Giannis. It would open up a whole new dimension for his team.