Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on pace to have highest PER in NBA history
Antetokounmpo has not only been better this year, but he is also aiming for the history books.
The “Greek Freak” is on pace to have the highest player efficiency rating (PER) in NBA history, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG and 5.8 APG this season.
His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is 32.3. That’s on track to be the highest PER in NBA history.
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You know you are in elite company when you lead names like Chamberlain, Jordan and James. For Giannis, this season has served as yet another indication why he is the future face of the league.
Antetkounmpo’s improvements to his offensive game are very evident.
The 25-year-old from Athens is shooting close to 31 percent from beyond the arc on 4.8 attempts per game, showing greater willingness to fire from the perimeter even if it is not always the highest-percentage shot.
His respectability from beyond the arc has made him that much more lethal in terms of his ability to coax defenders out of position and get into the restricted area. Giannis is even more unstoppable coming downhill in transition, overpowering opponents with his sheer length and explosiveness.
But Giannis has not lost any semblance of playmaking ability despite taking on a higher volume. He is still averaging 5.8 assists, and he ranks first in both defensive win shares and defensive rating, per NBA.com.
Perhaps the most incredible element to Giannis’ superb season? Antetokounmpo is doing all this in just under 31 minutes per game, his lowest average since his rookie campaign.
Make no mistake, Giannis is on track to become the first repeat MVP since Stephen Curry. And he is arguably having the greatest individual season in NBA history.