Jared Dudley was on the Milwaukee Bucks roster during the 2014-15 season, and he saw firsthand how Giannis Antetokounmpo worked hard to become the superstar he is today.
According to Dudley, he knew Antetokounmpo would be an All-Star player. However, he was absolutely surprised to see him become an MVP so soon and even compete for a championship at just 26 years old. For the Los Angeles Lakers forward, it's a testament to the work ethic of the Bucks forward and the work he has put in.
In his appearance on JJ Reddick's The Old Man & The Three podcast, Dudley shared how he saw the Greek Freak show that desire to become the “next Shaq” and just dominate with his body and insane athleticism.
From today’s bonus EP. Here’s @JaredDudley619 on GIANNIS. @jj_redick @talter https://t.co/RREcJCDTgd pic.twitter.com/jRSmcy4XMW
— TheOldMan&TheThree (@OldManAndThree) July 19, 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo, drafted 13th overall in 2013, was deemed a project when he entered the NBA. He has the raw tools to thrive in the NBA, but it was unknown at the time if he can live up to his potential. He averaged just 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in his rookie season with the Bucks.
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Sure enough, Antetokounmpo exceeded all the expectations on him as he transformed into a two-time MVP and a Defense Player of the Year winner. While he still has a lot of room to grow, what he has shown so far is his willingness to learn and desire to be better every single day.
As Jared Dudley said it, his work ethic is just admirable.
Giannis and the Bucks now have the chance to clinch the Larry O'Brien trophy in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, and if there's one thing we can expect, it's Antetokounmpo going all-out.