By: Evan Singleton
Boy oh boy, this guy is balling out this season. Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, is averaging near 40 points and over 10 rebounds a game in the early stages of the 2017-18 NBA season, while shooting a remarkable percentage from the field. My question is, can he continue to do it? Is he a true MVP threat this season?
My vote is yes. 1,000 times yes. Giannis is a strong candidate. Anyone with his size an skill combo is bound to be in the conversation, but I am not quite sure this is his year to take home the award. So to answer my previous two questions...
Can he continue to do it?
No. Giannis is not going to average 40 points this season. He is shooting just shy of 70% from the field. No one in their right mind can keep that up for an entire season. That said, me stating he won't continue this run is not saying he wont average somewhere around 30 points and 10 rebounds a game. So, I am simply saying this unbelievable hot streak is bound to cool off, but it will not fizzle out.
Is he a true MVP threat this season?
Yes. However, I believe a "threat" or "candidate" is all he will be. Don't get me wrong... I am strictly talking about this season. I believe Antetokounmpo will be an MVP in the next few years, but I just don't see it happening this year. He is coming off of a season that he averaged a mere 22 points per game. I don't think you follow that up with an MVP season.
In fact, the past handful of NBA MVPs came off of great seasons the year prior, then they took home the MVP award. So, this in my mind, is Giannis' primer season, his prep season to an MVP award in the next few years.
He is by far one of, if not the most exciting player in the league right now. He is yet to score under 32 points or shoot worse than 67% from the field. That field goal percentage is saying a lot, considering he is shooting an average of 22 times a game.
So, yes the Greek Freak is a candidate this season. However, his time to outright win it will come in a few years.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @EvGuyBoston