LeBron James, Antetokounmpo’s Benchmark

Giannis Antetokounmpo has met expectations personally, but not at the collective level. When the voting for the MVP is revealed, it is likely that we will find him in the top five, a huge achievement considering the enormous talent that coexists in the NBA. However, the early departure of Milwaukee in the playoffs, also falling with Celtics depleted by injuries, has not left a good taste. And Antetokounmpo is aware of it.

“Everything I’m going to remember about the season is the seventh game. It’s been 17 years since the Bucks moved into the second round. We wanted to get it at all costs. It was a strange year with our coach fired and some players traded. We suffer adversity everywhere”, he tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

With these words, the Greek Freak makes it clear that he expected more from the 2017-18 academic year, especially because he is convinced that they have the resources to do so. “I think we have a lot of talent. We could do better as a team because we have Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Delly, Thon … I hope that next year we can use our talent better”, he predicts.

LeBron In Mind

Antetokounmpo is sure that he can give more of himself, but he doesn’t share the criticisms he has received at some moments of the post season for not making more shots. He knows he has to improve, but he doesn’t share the idea that it will come by making more points.

“Shoot every time? No, i don’t do that. Because that is not what the team wants or needs. Not to do 45 shots. I will do what is necessary so that the team and I succeed. The improvement could come through the passes. Look at LeBron James. When he needs to score, he can put up 45, 40 or 35 points. But he also controls the game and sometimes he needs his teammates to take situations. That’s leadership beyond the court. I want to be a complete player”, he concludes.

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