Pronounced “YAN-iss AH-DEN-de-Koombo”.
Say it with me now……Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“The Greek Freak” or sometime known as “The Alphabet”, is the latest superstar to emerge in the NBA, albeit for a team (Milwaukee Bucks) that casual NBA fans probably thought was an NBDL squad up until reading this article. Sorry Milwaukee, but most people couldn’t find you on a map if their life depended on it. You’re the Delaware of the midwest.
Just to clarify that video clip, check out where he took off from for that dunk………….Giannis is a silky-smooth 7’0″, 220 lb comic-book athlete with the grace and length of a Princess Diana-Simpsons hybrid creature gifted to our basketball community from Hermes (Greek God of Athletics) himself.
- If you don’t get that reference it’s ok, I’ll spell it out for you…..Princess Diana was extremely graceful and known for her beauty and poise, while The Simpsons is the longest running scripted TV show in the history of the boob-tube. Diana=grace, The Simpsons=length….got it? Grace and Length.
He’s been compared to Russell Westbrook due to his explosive and unprecedented athleticism. Some have put him in the Kevin Durant category due to his incredible length and ability. There’s been mention of classics like George Gervin and even Magic Johnson. But in my mind only one comparison truly fits, Scottie Pippen 2.0 or as I like to call him, “Scottie Pippen Part 2 – If a Gazelle Could Ice Skate”.
If you stood Giannis side-by-side next to Kristaps Porzingas and told them to group hug the USC marching band, their palms would touch in Australia and their fingers would interlock off the coast of Madagascar.
According to basketballreference.com , Giannis is officially a “Shooting Guard and Small Forward and Point Guard”:
He can guard any position on the floor, he can score from anywhere on the floor and at only 22 years old, he’s leading his Bucks in basically every category this season at 23.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 5.8 apg, pushing hard (and well-deserved) for an all-star spot in 2017.
NBA scouts often use a word that can be the kiss of death for some while being evaluated, that word is “potential”. In some cases this word is code for an incredible athlete who has a lot of work to do in specific skill-sets and/or the mental game needs to vastly improve. But in this case, the “potential” for Giannis is off the charts, even if the outlier reference-point is Russell Westbrook. There’s no kiss of death “potential” for “The Greek Freak”, in the immortal words of Biggie Smalls, the sky is the limit.