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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s work ethic favorably compared to 2nd round player

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

For Milwaukee Bucks swingman Pat Connaughton, NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo works out as if he’s a second-round role player — someone who needs to put in tons of work not just to stay in the team but to prove that he belongs with the big boys.

Connaughton appeared in The JJ Reddick Podcast where he discussed how Antetokounmpo is as a leader. He noted that the Greek Freak has become more vocal. However, for him, what the Bucks star does best is lead by example.

The 27-year-old swingman shared a story of the time when he and Antetokounmpo saw each other late at night in the gym. Connaughton had to put in the work because he wants to survive, so he was caught a bit off guard when Antetokounmpo — already a top star in the league — worked out with him.

“He understood what he had to work on so we shot together and there was competition and things like that. What I’m trying to say is, he works as if he’s a second-round role player. But his talent is that of an MVP championship-caliber teammate. I think that is what really started to build a culture of the Milwaukee Bucks as we’re getting better,” Connaughton shared.

Stories around the work ethic of NBA superstars are legion. Their teammates always note how they’re always the first one in and the last one out of the gym. Even after the formal practice is done, the elites stay for a few more hours.

Pat Connaughton’s story about Giannis Antetokounmpo is proof that these are not myths.