Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo closes door on joining future slam dunk contests
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is truly one of the most fearsome dunkers in the league today. However, despite his rim-rocking prowess, don’t expect to see “The Greek Freak” join the dunk contest ever again.
Speaking to reporters after his team dropped a close 157-155 loss to Team LeBron in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Antetokounmpo bared why he won’t bother trying his luck once more in the competition of the league’s most creative high-flyers.
“No. There’s no way I can compete with the guys that were in the Dunk Contest yesterday. Every dunk we saw, somebody was jumping over a person and every dunk was the first time we’ve seen a dunk like that,” he said, per a Ben Golliver of the Washigton Post.
Before his rise to superstardom, Antetokounmpo actually competed in the dunk contest back in his sophomore year in 2015. The Bucks forward did not even make it to the final round, bowing out early after racking up just a total of 65 points in two dunks.
The reigning MVP has since become one of the best players in the league and has been posterizing defenders on a nightly basis. He had the second most dunks in the 2018-19 season behind Rudy Gobert, and he is once again on track to finish in the Top 3 this season.
Giannis’ comments, meanwhile, come after this year’s dunk contest was hailed as one of the best ones in the history of the competition.
Although we won’t be seeing Giannis Antetokounmpo in the dunk contest, fans can expect to witness the Bucks superstar headlining more All-Star games in the near future. He finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in a losing effort on Sunday.