NFL Legend Admits Giannis Antetokounmpo Pips LeBron James as NBA’s Best Player

Published 07/23/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Jan 21, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


There are so many similarities between NBA 2021 Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo and LA Lakers star LeBron James. Fierce, powerful, determined, vicious, skillful; these are all hallmark qualities of the duo. While LeBron James has conquered the sport already, Giannis is on his way towards reaching that legendary status.

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The Greek freak has been considered as one of the most improved players over the past couple of years. From a talent to a threat, the evolution of Giannis has been a treat to watch. Athens’ one and only went from averaging a mere 12 points in the regular season, to now posting 30+ scores night after night.

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Meanwhile, LeBron James is a household name in the NBA. He has been a nightmare for opponents while playing for the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers as well as LA Lakers. What Giannis did in 2021 by winning the NBA Finals MVP, James has achieved on four different occasions. Yet, many now opine that the baton is being passed.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently the best, feels Shannon Sharpe

Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with the NBA Finals MVP Trophy following the game against the Phoenix Suns following game six of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has seen minimal tycoons of the sport similar to former Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe. The 53-year-old from Chicago is self-admittedly one of the biggest LeBron James fans around. He has almost worshiped the Lakers forward for years now and used to repeatedly term the 36-year-old as the greatest player of all time.

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In spite of his fandom, Sharpe had no shame in admiring the sheer quality of play that the Greek God has been producing off late. The 3-time Super Bowl winner was forced to accept that the Bucks’ main man was on another level. “I’m willing to concede right now that Giannis is the best player in the NBA,” Sharpe admitted.

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Sharpe’s comment came as a revelation and instilled a sense of the torch being passed on from one great to the next. Will Milwaukee’s fiery No.34 be able to match the phenomenon that is LeBron James? Perhaps he doesn’t need to. By the look of things, Antetokounmpo looks to be in a league of his own, and is well on his way to cementing his name in the annals of the NBA.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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