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Nets’ Joe Harris claims Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is the NBA’s best downhill player

Joe Harris

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 131-121 on Monday night, with Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with 28 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

It was actually not one of Antetokounmpo’s more efficient outings, as he shot just 9-of-23 from the floor. But after the game, Nets wing Joe Harris lauded The Greek Freak’s ability to get to the rim, calling him the best downhill player in the league, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

It’s hard to argue with Harris on that point.

Antetokounmpo has been an unstoppable force this season, averaging 27.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals over 32.8 minutes per game while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor, 24.6 percent from 3-point range and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line.

While his perimeter shooting ability obviously leaves much to be desired, his penchant for taking over a game by dominating the paint cannot be overstated, as Giannis is actually posting Shaq-like numbers around the rim this year and is one of the leading MVP candidates as a result.

The 24-year-old was originally selected by the Bucks in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

He showed his immense talent immediately, although it took him a few years to really break out.

By his fourth season in the NBA, Antetokounmpo was an All-Star after registering 22.9 points, 8.8 boards, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals across 35.6 minutes a night.

He has made the All-Star team ever year since and has led the Bucks to the best record in the league this season.