Most people can’t even pronounce his last name, or his first name. Most people don’t enjoy the way he shoots or plays. He isn’t flashy. But guess what, he just had one of the most dominating finals performances of all-time. Game 6. Championship on the line. 50 points. 10 rebounds. 5 blocks. Giannis Antetokounmpo is it.
Now you are probably asking yourself, what is “it”. To put some clarification on the term “it”, I basically mean he is next in our league. When you look back to when the NBA started, there has always been a face of the league. For example, the last 10 years, it has been LeBron James. Before that it was Kobe. Before that it was Shaq and Duncan. Then of course, Michael Jordan. You go back in time and look at all of these faces of the league and what do they all have in common? They won championships.
For the past 3 years, Giannis Antetokumpo has been just about as unfair as a player in this league can get. It is with great confidence that I can say he is unguardable, but in a unique way. All he has been searching for is that championship. The championship to put him in a respected boat.
He came into this league as a scronny, lanky small forward who could dunk it every once and a while and try his best on both ends of the court. Now, he’s Thanos. You can’t get a shot by him. You can’t stay in front of him. He is dominating the game the easy way, and it is with efficiency. Stars like Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard who dominate, but at a more entertaining fashionable way, aren’t anywhere near the dominance that Giannis Antetokounmpo brings. He isn’t the best shooter in the league. As a matter of fact he is one of the worst, but to be completely honest, if Giannis could shoot the ball well, he would be the greatest basketball player of all-time.
So he has checked off the NBA Champion box in his lengthy, impressive resume. What’s next? In my opinion, more championships. He has proven that a championship can be won the hard way. No super team. A star with the right role players. There is no reason to believe the Giannis train stops here. He will dominate for the next 10 years, grab 3 more NBA championships, one more MVP, and become one of the greatest to ever do it. Giannis will not be stopped, especially not in the Eastern Conference. The legend of Giannis has just begun, and as fans of the game of basketball, we need to stop hating on his game, and appreciate his grind to success for his family.