Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo ties a Michael Jordan’s career feat at just the age of 26
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo earned another stat line of at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists on Sunday afternoon, marking the 61st time in his career he’s accomplished the feat and tying him with Michael Jordan. In reaching sixth place on the all-time list, Giannis has accomplished at 26, which took Jordan until the age of 39 to duplicate.
Giannis Antetokounmpo now has the same number of career games with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists as Michael Jordan did in his career.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 1, 2021
While Antetokounmpo appears to be well-positioned to surpass Jordan and Charles Barkley, who ranks fifth at 71, the quest to move further up presents a daunting challenge. Not only does Russell Westbrook have a 23-game advantage over Giannis in reaching the plateau, but LeBron James, who currently sits atop the rankings, has a stupefying 53-game advantage over Giannis Antetokounmpo and doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
Regardless of wherever he ultimately ends up, however, Giannis’ ability to climb the rankings at all is a testament to his development over the last eight years. Though he has long had a nose for the basket—getting downhill in transition and bulldozing his way to the rim for buckets and rebounds—his willingness to facilitate the offense has only recently become an asset.
With opponents regularly building walls in the lane as a means of stymying his progress towards the hoop, Antetokounmpo has struggled at times looking for the proper counter. While he has experimented with increasing the frequency of his outside shot, the Bucks have recently begun finding success by having the big man serve as a playmaker rather than solely attacking off the dribble. Given that the team has been searching for answers to avoid another offensive collapse in the postseason, the adjustment by Giannis holds some promise.
As Michael Jordan would almost certainly point out, however, Giannis tying him for sixth place in the 30/10/5 club may be nice, but the all-time great still has a 6-0 lead in the only club that matters.