Stat Shows Giannis Antetokounmpo Is on His Way Into the GOAT Conversation With Michael Jordan and LeBron James

Published 09/17/2021, 11:44 PM EDT
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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


The Milwaukee Bucks are coming this season to defend their throne. Their superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is going to play the most important role in their success. After guiding them to a championship, his numbers are now rivaling the top players like Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

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Last season, Antetokounmpo showed his warrior spirit when he took the Bucks to a hard-fought NBA title. He even scored a record 50 points in the series clincher Game 6 against Phoenix Suns. Hence, he received the honors of winning Finals MVP for his performances.

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

At just 26, he has a resume better than a majority of players to ever play in the NBA. In the last three years, he has won every possible award and has also achieved some crazy feats. Now, he has a stat that only Jordan and the ‘King’ have beaten.

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Antetokounmpo has had a memorable last 3 years in the league. Not only did he fight to compete, but his rewards for being loyal paid its dividend right away. The ‘Greek Freak’ has won multiple MVPs, a Finals MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year in the last three years.

Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) accepts the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award from NBA commissioner Adam Silver after game six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hence, it is evident that he plays a big part in the team’s success. This has made him the face of the NBA in recent years. His impact while on the floor for Milwaukee can be a ‘make or break’ for them. Hence, his box plus-minus is always in the high ranks.

But, in the span of the last three years, his box plus-minus comes to +10.2. The only other players who have a better plus-minus than Antetokounmpo in a three-year span are LeBron James and Michael Jordan. This stat truly shows how Giannis has dominated the game at such a young age.

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What the plus-minus means is that Bucks are 10 points per 100 possessions better with Antetokounmpo on the floor as compared to an average production player. In a single season, the best plus-minus came from the ‘King’ in 2009. His plus-minus came up at a +13.2 that season.

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Looking at how fast Giannis is progressing, there is no doubt he will keep ascending. Do you think Giannis will be a top 3 player by the end of his career? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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