Bucks HC Mike Budenholzer raves about ‘incredible’ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ceiling
The Milwaukee Bucks are two wins away from advancing to the NBA Finals, and much of their success can be credited to their 24-year-old superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. At a very young age, The Greek Freak is already claiming the title for the best player in the league from guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer told The Athletic’s Michael Lee in a recent interview that he feels honored to have the opportunity to coach Giannis, who he believes is just reaching the peak of his prime.
“I’m beyond fortunate to have Giannis. He’s incredible, then you’re like, ‘I think he can be better. The great part about Giannis is he wants to be better. We’re coaching him and we’re on him. We think he can be doing more, and he just soaks it up. It’s just so unique to have a player like that.”
Giannis led the Bucks to the best record in the league this season, averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting at an astonishing 57 percent from the field. He has also been dominant in the playoffs, and his overall play has helped the team build a commanding 2-0 lead against the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In Antetokounmpo’s six-year career, he has already accomplished almost everything — which is scary considering the fact that he hasn’t reached his best playing years yet.
The NBA will be Giannis’ playground for at least a decade or so, and everyone who will attempt to claim the right to be called ‘best in the world’ must first go through him.