The Milwaukee Bucks have made a huge step forward in deciding which direction their franchise will follow. According to some reliable source, the Milwaukee Bucks are about to sign a 4-year ($100 mill.) contract extension with one of their most precious players – Giannis Antetokounmpo.
There is no doubt that „The Greek Freak“ is one of the most talented young players in the NBA, capable of covering multiple positions on the floor. Even Jason Kidd, the Bucks head coach, has recently announced that he plans to play Antetokounmpo at the point guard position in certain situations during the 2016/2017 NBA season. In the past season it was noticeable that he is very comfortable playing the PG position, considering his ball handling skills and capability to run the transition efficiently.
How versatile his game is, shows the fact that last season, before the All-Star game he was averaging 15.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg and only 2.8 apg while playing the SF position, while after the All-Star break when the Bucks lost Michael Carter-Williams for the season due to an injury, Antetokounmpo took the PG position and his stat improved immediately to 18.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg and an amazing 7.2 apg. What is even more important is the fact that the ball was moving much better, the pace was up and the Bucks started playing transition game much more. According to Jason Kidd, Antetokounmpo has the ability to get a better passing angle, considering his size of 6’11“, either is he is playing at the top of the key, or on the wing, or if he is playing at the post. With these kind of capabilities, Antetokounmpo has the skill-set like no other and he definitely has all of the ingredients to become one of the best all-around players in the NBA.
During the last season, Antetokounmpo has averaged 16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 4.3 apg in 35.5 minutes of action per game. One weakness in his game is probably his shooting percentage from behind the arc as he only shot 25.7% from the 3-point line, but knowing how hard he works and how dedicated he is to take his game to the next level, there is no doubt that we will see these shooting percentages improve as the 2016/2017 season progresses. With the new Bucks additions in Matthew Dellavedova, Jason Terry, Mirza Teletovic and Thon Maker, the Bucks seem to have all of the right pieces to go deep in the play-offs.
Words By: Admir Aljic