Giannis Antetokounmpo can join elite group of players next season
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Giannis Antetokounmpo can join elite group of players next season

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Coming off an impressive 2015-16 NBA season, Milwaukee Bucks guard-forward hybrid Giannis Antetokounmpo has a chance to join a select group of players in 2016-17.

Let’s talk some numbers

Antetokounmpo’s averages of 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game made his fantasy basketball owners very happy this past season.

According to — excluding the points category, there’s only been 26 players since 1979 that have been able to produce 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block per game.

Only 7 of those 26 have been able to match that production for more than one season: Kevin Garnett (10 times), Chris Webber (7 times), Scottie Pippen (3 times), LeBron James (3 times), Julius Erving (twice), Sam Lacey (twice) and Josh Smith (twice).

The only players to maintain those averages for their whole career are David Robinson, Larry Bird, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Durant, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Draymond Green.

Looking at the future

The scary thing is that ‘The Greek Freak’ hasn’t peaked yet. As terrifying as that sounds, he’s only 21 years old and is still working on honing his mid-range game and becoming a proficient three-point shooter.

If he can get his free-throw shooting to the 80 percent range and shoot the three in the high 30s, now you’re looking at the lovechild of Kevin Durant and Draymond Green — a guy that can wreak havoc on the defensive end and torch defenses with an endless array of shots and freakishly athletic drives to the basket.

Antetokounmpo can’t have a better passing mentor than his coach, Jason Kidd. It’s like he’s Victor Frankenstein and Kidd, his assistant Igor — helping create this monster that is just flat out unfair to match up against.

More numbers? Why not

Antetokounmpo, who’s entering his fourth season, can become only the fourth player in NBA history to average 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal and 1 block for their career.

The three others? Scottie Pippen, LeBron James and Draymond Green.

Needless to say, if the Bucks can piece together a roster that works well together, Giannis Antetokounmpo can make a case for a Hall of Fame career when all is said and done.

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