Former US President Barack Obama Picks Between Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson

Published 12/19/2020, 8:41 AM EST
Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of the Milwaukee Bucks wears street clothes before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, March 9, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the NBA right now. The former two-time MVP is slated to dominate the NBA for the next few years. Giannis recently signed a max extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in order to stay with them till 2025.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo (L) and Chance The Rapper attend the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Former President of the United States Barack Obama spoke to Bill Simmons about who he thinks the best young player in the NBA with the brightest future is right now. Obama says that if Giannis can develop a proper mid range shot, he will be absolutely unstoppable. He said:

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“I want to see if Giannis gets a mid-range this year. Everybody is worrying about Giannis getting a three-point shot. Giannis needs a twelve footer or fifteen footer. That’s what matters. If he does, then I think he’s unstoppable. If he has the same shot as a Karl Malone or even a Kawhi, where in crunch time, he can just pull up. Who is going to block that shot?”

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However, should Giannis Antetokounmpo be unable to develop a mid range shot like he said, Barack Obama believes that Luka Dončić has the highest ceiling. He also mentioned that he enjoyed watching the New Orleans Pelicans‘ Zion Williamson a lot. Obama said, “So if he doesn’t develop it, then probably Luka just because more skillset. Although, Zion’s just more fun to watch.”

Luka Dončić is the future face of the NBA for most analysts, and Zion Williamson is the heir apparent to LeBron James in the eyes of many. But Giannis, if he is able to develop a better shot, can become one of the greatest players of all-time. Giannis is one of the most dominant players the NBA has ever seen, and his ability to get to the basket with sheer brute strength and force is absolutely remarkable.

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It remains to be seen if Giannis can lead the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA championship. The Bucks made re-signing Giannis to the max contract a priority, giving him support in the form of Jrue Holiday. The Bucks will be ready to go this upcoming NBA season.

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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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