Gregg Popovich on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s growth
Originally the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rise over the last five seasons and counting has been exciting to watch for basketball fans around the world. Through 11 games of the 2017-18 NBA season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 31.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.8 blocks in 37.1 minutes.
Prior to the Milwaukee Bucks defeating the San Antonio Spurs on the road, head coach Gregg Popovich revealed the scary truth about the one-time All-Star and 2017 NBA Most Improved Player according to Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News:
Pop on Giannis' growth: "He plays now to destroy you."
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) November 11, 2017
At just 22 years old, it is absolutely frightening how great Antetokounmpo will be when he enters the prime years of his career. As Kobe Bryant challenged him to win his first Most Valuable Player award, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are one the many players who believe he will become an all-time great.
With Antetokounmpo’s numbers improving each and every season so far, the Bucks have surrounded him with key players to be a force in the Eastern Conference in the very near future. While Jabari Parker recovers from injury, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, and newly-acquired Eric Bledsoe help establish a team that can potentially compete with the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Washington Wizards.