Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Joins Shaquille O’Neal and Others in a Pitiful NBA Record

Published 01/16/2021, 12:28 AM EST
Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is a bag full of surprises. When he is good, he is MVP good, and when he is bad (a rare case), his name is in the record books. At least that is what happened in the Bucks’ win against the Dallas Mavericks.

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The Bucks defeated the Mavs 112-109 in a game that almost went into OT. The clutch-moment goof-ups by the Mavs gifted the Bucks a victory on the former’s home court.

After this win, the Downtown is back on #2 of EC rankings. Still, there is something about their leader Giannis that must concern them.

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Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Tyrell Terry (1) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo and a disgraceful league record

The Greek Freak had a great start to the game against the Mavs. He played for 15 minutes in the first half and scored 16 points, 5 rebs, 1 assist, and 1 block.

But there was one area where he was miserable. He made just 1 of his 5 field throws.

It got even worse in the second half, where he made zero field throws in as many attempts. This 1/10 from the line was the worst performance since Andre Drummond (Pistons) in 2017 among others like legend Shaquille O’Neal.

And this is not a newly discovered area of struggle for the reigning MVP. He has been drawing fouls and gaining record-setting scoreless FTs since last season. Take a look at this stat-

These numbers do not show him in a good light, even when he is one of the most dominant players inside the paint. As a result, he plays an aggressive game and does not shy away from contact. Only if he works on his FTs, it can hugely benefit the Bucks. 

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The Greek Freak’s race to MVP under trouble?

In the current season, Giannis is averaging 26.2 points, 10.1 rebs, and 5.5 assists at 52% from the field. Now, these figures might look impressive, but the bar is set high for the 2-time MVP.

Also, his own teammate, Khris Middleton, is averaging 5.7 apg, with 53% from the field, 46.8% from behind the arc, and 94.7% from the free-throw line. All these figures are better than those of the Greek Freak. Although it’s not an internal competition, Giannis must up his game if he wishes to win the MVP award third year in a row. 

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It will be interesting to see how coach Mike Budenholzer can help the star get better in these areas and eventually take the Bucks to the top.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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