Milwaukee Bucks superstar small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the game, which makes him almost impossible to gameplan for. Just ask L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who says Antetokounmpo is in the same class as Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
Appearing on FS1’s Undisputed Tuesday morning, Rivers said preparing for The Greek Freak is just as hard as game planning for KD and LeBron.
“He’s a mess,” Rivers said. “He’s as tough. Durant, LeBron, and him as far as preparing for. It’s funny, and listen, I’m a defensive-minded guy, but there are times in the meeting when you’re talking like, ‘That’ll work, that’s gonna work,’ because they’re that good. And he does it in such a different way — he doesn’t do it with the shot, he does it with the attack, and at his size, he’s a mess.”
Through 19 games this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a man among boys. The Bucks’ two-time All-Star is averaging 26.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 57.2 percent from the field.
Antetokounmpo doesn’t have the shooting prowess that Durant does, but he doesn’t even need it since he can get to the rim whenever he wants with his long strides. No one in the league has the strength which LeBron does when he’s going downhill, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is a nightmare on the fastbreak as well. He can take two steps from half court and he’ll be dunking the ball.
The Bucks are 14-6 on the season, second place in the Eastern Conference. New head coach Mike Budenholzer has implemented a more fluid offense which is predicated on ball movement and off-ball cuts. As a result, Antetokounmpo is scoring with ease this season.