Giannis Antetokounmpo was named to the All-NBA Second Team yesterday, making him the first Milwaukee Buck named to an All-NBA team since Andrew Bogut made the Third Team in 2010.
After exploding into superstardom and leading the Bucks back to the playoffs, Giannis got some well deserved recognition receiving this honor. So what’s next for the Greek Freak? In the short term, it’s possible Giannis could win the Most Improved Player Award sometime in the next couple weeks. But for the long run, Giannis will continue to improve. This will not be his only time named to an All-NBA team.
Antetokounmpo is just 22 years old, meaning his prime is still years away. Think about that for a second. The guy who just led his team in every major statistical category last season is not even close to reaching his peak physical performance level for his career.
Instead, he has years to grow with his fellow young teammates like Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker. As these players mature, develop and learn each other’s strengths, the Bucks will become a legitimate threat in the East.
For Giannis to take his game to the next level, he says he will work to improve on his jump shot and become a better leader. If he is able to start knocking down jump shots consistently, he will demand more attention on the perimeter, opening up lanes for him to drive and throw down his vicious dunks. Defending the lengthy forward will turn into a nightmare, if it isn’t one already.
Antetokounmpo has the potential to be the greatest player of all time. He has the body for it, the talent for it, and most importantly has the work ethic for it. Night after night all season long, Giannis would give it 110%. After a tough loss or bad game he would head back to the gym and work on whatever it was he thought needed extra practice, earning high praise from head coach Jason Kidd.
With years to get better, drive to improve, and guidance from one of the best to ever play in the NBA, the sky is the limit for Giannis Antetokounmpo.