Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Earns High Praise From Mavericks Coach

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The Milwaukee Bucks were the most dominant team in the NBA’s regular season.

A huge reason?

Giannis Antetokounmpo, of course.

The Greek Freek is just icing on the cake for a team that also has Eric Bledsoe, Brook Lopez and Kris Middleton on their roster.

The last time the Bucks finished with 60 or more wins was during the 1980-81 season. At that time, the Bucks were led by Sidney Moncrief, Bill Lanier, and Marques Johnson.

Just last season, the Bucks were scrapping and fighting just to stay above .500 with Jason Kidd as head coach. Mike Budenholzer took over and it’s a brand new ball game.

During the NBA’s regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks were top ten in assists per game, first in points per game, second in blocks per game, first in rebounds per game, third in field goal percentage and second in three-pointers made per game.


Giannis Antetokounmpo Earns High Praise

The Greek Freak is a novelty to many including Dallas Mavericks assistant coach, God Shammgod.

“Arguably, the best player in the league,” God Shammgod tells NBA writer Landon Buford.

“Doesn’t shoot jumpers. The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo. I know for a fact that Milwaukee works on dribbling every day and to Giannis’ point, everyone can see that he has made an improvement in dribbling and shooting. Even Anthony Davis is doing “The Shammgod.” So, someone is teaching him how to dribble. I think there are coaches around the league helping players to get better, and I see myself in that category.”

The NBA’s MVP, The Greek Freak won many people over with his style of play and comparisons to the Houston Rockets’ James Harden.

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Giannis vs. Harden Talk

In the regular season, the Houston Rockets were dangerous behind the strong play of James Harden, the league’s leading scorer.

Harden ignited the Rockets and is the reason players like as Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Kenneth Faried thrive in the team’s offense. He had the highest usage in the league (39.3 percent) but also ranked No. 12 in the league in assists per game.

During the regular season, the Rockets relied on making three-pointers or scoring easy buckets at the rim, particularly out of the pick-and-roll and are truly an analytics-era team.

The Houston Rockets led the league during the regular season in three-pointers attempted per game (45.4) and three-pointers made (16.1).

The Rockets benefitted from Harden’s ability to score and facilitate and benefit from having one of the best offenses in the league.

If their offense is in top form, they’re a tough team to beat.

In the NBA Playoffs, Houston lost in Game 6 to a Kevin Durant-less Golden State Warriors team.

The Bucks lost to the eventual NBA Champion, Toronto Raptors in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.

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