Giannis Antetokounmpo says he already felt as the ‘next chosen one’ as early as first NBA game
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was not being modest when he responded to a question posed by EuroHoops about whether he thinks he’s the next face of the NBA. From his perspective, he’s bound to be the league’s top draw soon, a thought that he’s held on to the moment he hit the shores of the NBA.
EH: Very few players who have their own signature shoe. This, combined with the 2K cover, makes you aware of your status in the NBA? Is that an extra pressure? The fact that everyone feels like you are the next big thing? The next chosen one?
Giannis: “I felt I was the next chosen one since I arrived in the NBA. There is no pressure on me.”
Antetokounmpo is undoubtedly the face of the Bucks, but he’s not alone in the conversation of who will be the next pillar of the NBA once it’s time for Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James to pass the baton. James has at least a few more seasons of great basketball in him, and with the four-time league MVP moving to the Los Angeles, where the lights are brighter and the expectations higher, he’s likely to enjoy his stay atop the echelon of NBA superstars for little longer before Antetokounmpo or some other rising star takes the mantle.
Other than Giannis Antetokounmpo, the likes of Devin Booker, Kristaps Porzingis, Ben Simmons, and Karl-Anthony Towns, Donovan Mitchell, and Joel Embiid should also be in the conversation of the next “biggest” thing in the league.