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Kevin Durant thinks Giannis Antetokounmpo will be future MVP

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It didn’t take freshly-minted NBA champion and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant long to send congratulatory remarks to some of those who took home trophies during the first-ever NBA Awards Show. Durant even offered his praises on ex-OKC Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook in a written post on his YouTube channel, reminding everyone that he had predicted Westbrook winning the MVP some years back.

Perhaps giddy that his foresight didn’t fail him, Durant made another prediction. This time, forecasting Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo ascent to MVP status.

Congrats to all the winners lastnight! So happy for Malcolm Brogdon, what a year and accomplishment. Especially as a second round pick! Anything is possible people, I see a very bright future for him and his teammate Giannis. Congrats on MIP, this dude is a specimen that we’ve never seen before and it’s guaranteed that he will be an MVP one day! In fact, I called out this years MVP years ago so you gotta respect my knowledge for the game lol. Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, Fuckin balled out. Gotta respect it! Shoutout to Mike D’antoni, came back to the game and turned that franchise into a contender. Respect!! Shoutout my boy James Harden. For 5 years now he’s taken his game to the next level, he will be an MVP one day, he’s an MVP now, he’s made so many people proud. I know this first hand, recognize what he has done for the game!

The tools are there for Antetokounmpo to fulfill what was reflected by Durant’s crystal ball. At only 22-years-old, Antetokounmpo has already taken the league by storm, blending his unique physical makeup with insane athleticism and rare versatility to become one of the most potent all-around players in the NBA.

A quick glance at the Bucks’ stat page would reinforce that assessment with Antetokounmpo pacing the team in five major statistical categories, finishing the 2016-2017 regular season with 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.9 steals per game. Those are numbers that echo the likes of  LeBron James, whose influence on any given game goes well beyond scoring buckets.

As a former MVP himself, Durant knows what he’s saying, which is that the rest of the NBA would soon be deer in the headlights of Antetokounmpo.