Former NBA Champion Makes Absurd Claims of Having Found the Next Giannis Antetokounmpo

Published 12/30/2021, 10:37 PM EST
Nov 26, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts to a score in the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Memphis Grizzlies registered their 22nd win of the season against the Lakers. The Grizzlies won 104-99 at the FedEx Forum and are now fourth in the conference table. Ja Morant single-handedly destroyed the Lakers’ defense and scored 41 points to hand his team a win. His performances earned him comparisons to Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Morant was at his peak against the Lakers. He scored 41 points and recorded 10 rebounds. He also made a career-high six 3-pointers against the Lakers. Not just his stats, he inspired his team to come back from behind in the final quarter.

May 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) moves to the basket against the Utah Jazz during the second half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Arena. Utah Jazz won 141-129. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

His insane performance against the Lakers has earned his praises from several current and former NBA stars. Former NBA star Kendrick Perkins is the latest one to lavish praise at the 22-year-old.

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Kendrick Perkins calls Ja Morant, the next Giannis Antetokounmpo

Kendrick Perkins recently appeared in the ‘First Take‘ show and praised Ja Morant. He also called the 22-year-old the next Antetokounmpo.

“People keep saying a rising superstar. I think he’s (Ja Morant) already got that level. And in my opinion, I’m looking at Ja Morant and he’s going to be, in my opinion, the next Giannis of the NBA,” Kendrick Perkins said.

“And when I say that, because I’m not just talking about the individual accolade. but when I look at this young leader, this young killer, to me if I had to bet all the money in the world, he would be the next superstar to lead a franchise, a small pocket franchise to win the championship.”

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Ja Morant had an insane game and despite being one of the youngest ones on the court, he helped the Grizzlies register an important win. The Lakers, however, are in a deep mess now. They have now lost six in the last seven games and are currently 7th at the conference table.

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LeBron James was incredible for the Lakers as he scored 37 points. However, Ja Morant outscored him and even went away with an important win.

 

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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