The Milwaukee Bucks are set to resume play against the Miami Heat on Friday night. They will do so, most likely, without the assistance of Giannis Antetokounmpo who sprained his wrist right before the All-Star break. The injury kept him out of all but 20 seconds of the All-Star game and completely out of the Skills Challenge (Jrue Holiday filled in for him). Despite his absence, however, other stars were not shy about where they rank him among current NBA players. In fact, two rival Eastern Conference All-Stars named him the best player in the NBA.
Boston Celtics’ Star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Star Donovan Mitchell Say Giannis Is Best in the League
In an interview recorded before the All-Star Game, a panel of four NBA players were asked who they believed was the best player in the NBA. Boston Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum said Giannis:
“How he impacts both sides, scoring, rebounding, how hard he plays. We all have off nights but I feel like when he has an off night it’s still 25 [points] and 15 [rebounds] instead of 40 and 20. And he’s won, he’s won a championship.”
“I think Giannis is the best for sure, Donovan Mitchell echoed.
Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell pick Giannis Antetokounmpo as the best player in the NBA 👀
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— ESPN (@espn) February 23, 2023
Giannis, of course, was named to his seventh-straight All-Star game and is averaging a career-high 31.8 points per game. Additionally, he is second in the NBA with 12.2 rebounds per game and is averaging 5.4 assists per game. Giannis is also fourth in the NBA with a 32.7 efficiency rating.
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When Was the Last Time Milwaukee Bucks Won a Championship?
The Milwaukee Bucks’ latest NBA Championship was captured in 2021. Giannis Antetokounmpo was dubbed MVP, averaging 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game.
Who Owns the Milwaukee Bucks?
The Milwaukee Bucks are owned by a group of 20 investors. Major investors include Marc Lasry, Wes Edens, Jamie Dinan and Mike Fascitelli. Minority owners range from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Gale Klappa, Executive Chairman of Wisconsin Energy Corporation.
How Many Championships Do the Milwaukee Bucks Have?
The Milwaukee Bucks have won two NBA Championships. The first came in 1971 under head coach Larry Costello. The latest came in 2021 under head coach Mike Budenholder.
Will the Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA Championship in 2023?
With another MVP-caliber season from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks continue to lead the Eastern Conference Central Division. Kris Middleton is getting healthy and Brook Lopez is having a career year – signaling the Milwaukee will make another run at the championship in 2023.
Who Is the Greek Freak?
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the Greek Freak. He was given the name based on his home country, Greece, plus his freakish size and athleticism for an NBA power forward.