Bucks video: Giannis Antetokounmpo throws it down over the Clippers
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Giannis Antetokounmpo throws it down over the Clippers

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo can make it look too easy. Blessed with game-changing length and remarkable overall athleticism for a player his size, the Milwaukee Bucks superstar has honed his body in the weight room over the years to become arguably the league’s most devastating physical presence since Shaquille O’Neal was in his prime.

Every game, Antetokounmpo does several things it seems like we haven’t seen before. Much more easily overlooked are the plays he makes that seem so routine, but for most any other player would be the highlight of their season. A good example? This ridiculous one-handed hammer dunk, for which he took off – using both feet, mind you – from just inside the dotted circle.

Freaky.

Antetokounmpo has completely come into his own this season, even surpassing the sky-high potential he’s showed since entering the league as a rake-thin teenager. He’s averaging 27.3 points, 12.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game on 58.1 percent shooting, with a player efficiency rating of 30.59 – numbers of historic order. More importantly, he’s led the Bucks to both the best record and the best net rating in the NBA, doubling as a candidate for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the process.

Reminder: Antetokounmpo is just 24 years old.