Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo posts career-high in 3-pointers vs. Lakers
After winning his first MVP award last season, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is seemingly improving upon his brilliant season last year with an astonishing showing through the first 30-ish games of the 2019-20 season.
On Thursday night, the Bucks faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers, two teams that were tied for the best record in the NBA heading into the game at 24-4. Despite the Lakers decimating teams throughout the league, the Bucks were playing this game at home and were able to come out hot from the field and stay hot – including the Greek Freak from behind the line.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has five 3s for the first time in his NBA career tonight.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 20, 2019
Indeed, for the first time in his career, Antetokounmpo was able to hit five triples in a game – besting his previous career-high of four. On much higher volume (5.9 three-point attempts per game, 24.4 percent three-point attempt rate are both career-highs), the 25-year-old superstar is shooting a near career-best of 32.1 percent from deep. And those stats are before he went 5 of 8 from downtown in the Bucks’ win against L.A.
Despite winning MVP last season, Antetokounmpo is somehow better this season, as he has improved his overall scoring to 31.7 points per game and his rebounding to 12.8 per game. He is also getting up 11 free throws per contest, which is contributing to his 34.6 Player Efficiency Rating – which is tops in the league.
The former No. 15 overall pick is also leading the NBA in usage rate at 38.6 percent, meaning he is controlling his team’s offense more than anyone in the league – even James Harden.