Skip LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and all the other notable superstars who are voted to start at the next month’s All-Star Game and let’s only talk about one specific player who is making his debut as an All-Star. Ladies and gentlemen, the Milwaukee Bucks haven’t sent a player of their own to participate in the annual East versus West showdown since the 2003-2004 when Michael Redd was voted by Eastern All-Star coaches to represent the Bucks. That, folks, was 13 years ago. Since then, nobody from Milwaukee has seen action in the All-Star Game until now. Yes folks, a Bucks player will not only get the chance to play during the All-Star Game, Giannis Antetokounmpo is voted by you, fellow NBA fans, to start alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and DeMar DeRozan. With no visible big men in the starting line-up, the East will probably use Antetokounmpo as their starting power forward for the simple reason: he’s an all-around player. Why did I say that?
Let’s check the Greek Freak’s statistics during the regular season so far.
“The Greek Freak” (a nickname given to Antetokounmpo by NBA fans) has been playing quality minutes for the Bucks. Through 40 games, Antetokounmpo has been logging 34 minutes per game, 7th among all small forwards in the league. He’s the 5th leading scorer among small forwards with 23 points per game and he can definitely score more than that if the need arises. Percentage-wise, he’s the 3rd in the league among small forwards in terms of making the most of his shots, shooting 53 percent from the field during the season so far. In fact, his 2-point field goal percentage (58 percent) ranks him 2nd among small forwards. For a young player like Antetokounmpo, that’s a great shooting percentage to have under your belt considering the fact that he attempted 548 two-point field goals so far.
Antetokounmpo is an all-around player and that means that he’s not just about scoring and dunks. He’s averaging eight rebounds per game, and he’s the top rebounder among all small forwards in the league. The Greek Freak is also the 2nd among small forwards in assists per game, averaging five assists per game. While Antetokounmpo is famous for his offense, we all know that he can defend too, and numbers don’t lie either. In fact, he averages two blocked shots per game (the top among small forwards and 5th among all players). Remember those out-of-nowhere chase down blocks? We’re going to see some of those come the All-Star Game so the West should watch out. Furthermore, The Greek Freak ranks 3rd among all small forwards and 6th among all players in steals per game, norming 1.83 steals per game.
To add everything up, Antetokounmpo is tied with LeBron James as the leading small forward in having the most double doubles so far. Both the King and The Greek Freak have 17 double doubles thus far. Now that’s what I call a real all-around player. Giannis Antetokounmpo is no doubt the new face of the Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, he’s leading the Bucks in everything connected to basketball. At an age of only 22 years-old, only three years in the league so far and now he’s looking to be an legitimate All-Star.
The reign of the Greek Freak is just beginning, and even though the Bucks are in the 9th place in the Eastern Conference, never ever count them out just yet. The All-Star Game in February might be the perfect venue to show what the Greek Freak can do on the court.