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Giannis Antetokounmpo feels Bucks are not getting the respect they deserve

Giannis Antetkounmpo, Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have put the entire league on notice in the 2019-20 NBA regular season, racing to a league-best 41-6 slate. Still, the team’s superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo believes that the Mike Budenholzer-coached team still does not get the respect they deserve.

Prior to the Bucks’ hosting of the Denver Nuggets at Fiserv Forum on Friday, the reigning NBA MVP bared that the rest of the league still do not acknowledge how dominant his team has been in the first half of the season.

He cited how his point guard Eric Bledsoe should have also made the All-Star team as an example.

“I want to be honest. I feel like at times that we don’t get as much respect and it’s OK, we haven’t earned anything, at the end of the day,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said, per an ESPN report by Eric Woodyard.  “I think [Eric Bledsoe] should’ve made the team. We have a great team. We have guys that don’t play a lot of minutes.

It is worth noting that both the East and West squads only have a maximum of two players coming from one team. Antetokounmpo, who garnered the most votes in the East, is joined by his teammate Khris Middleton for the second-straight season.

Middleton is once again having a spectacular season for Milwaukee, capped off by a career-best 51-point performance against the Washington Wizards earlier this week.

Bledsoe, on the other hand, has always been an above-average player throughout his 10-year career but has never made it to an All-Star team. The 30-year-old guard is averaging 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists on 48.2 percent shooting from the field and 35.3 from deep.

The Bucks have won their last nine games entering Friday’s match-up versus the Nuggets. Despite the team’s terrific start, the two California-based teams — Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers — are still at the top of the conversation when it comes to favorites to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.