Giannis Antetokounmpo Close to Achieving Historic Playoff Milestone For Milwaukee Bucks

Published 05/31/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
May 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots the ball in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


When all is said and done, Giannis Antetokounmpo could go down as the greatest Milwaukee Buck of all time. That is an incredible status to achieve, given the legendary players that have donned their colors. Players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ray Allen, and others have worn the Bucks jersey. But Giannis, if he stays with the franchise through his prime, and brings them continued success, could surpass them all in franchise importance.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo on the verge of making history

After the Milwaukee Bucks‘ sweeping win over the Miami Heat, Giannis Antetokounmpo is close to making history with the franchise. Giannis is close to surpassing Marques Johnson as the third-highest playoff scorer in Bucks history.

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Antetokounmpo has to score at least 29 points over the next four guaranteed playoff games against either the Nets or the Celtics to move past him. However, Giannis will be looking at the long-term record and hoping to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is easily the greatest player in Milwaukee Bucks history. Going then by Lew Alcindor, he led the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA Championship in 1971.

It was the only title that he was able to win during his six years with the franchise. Giannis has been with the team for a little bit longer but hasn’t had the playoff experience that Abdul-Jabbar has.

And given his recent long-term contract extension, Antetokounmpo will most likely have the chance to surpass him in playoff scoring.

Milwaukee Bucks looking for a championship

However, the main objective for Giannis is to win an NBA championship like Kareem. In order to come close to matching Kareem in terms of legacy with the franchise, Giannis needs to win at least one NBA title.

For Giannis, he and the Bucks have been really strong in the playoffs so far. The Bucks just completed a sweep with the Bucks over the Miami Heat. It was a dominant performance over last year’s finalists and the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season.

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May 24, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Miami Heat forward Trevor Ariza (8) and guard Duncan Robinson (55) in the first quarter during game 2 in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
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But the Eastern Conference is a lot more stacked now. Teams like the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers are contenders to reach the NBA Finals this season.

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So, the Bucks will have to overcome them going into the playoffs. They will have to be at their absolute best to beat these two incredible teams.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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