NBA Fans Are Fuming After Giannis Antetokounmpo Gets Snubbed Over Draymond Green by Eric Spoelstra

Published 03/01/2022, 10:59 PM EST
Oct 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) blocks the shot of Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) in the first half at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

No matter what he does, it always feels like Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t always get the props he deserves. Even though he won the title last year with some legendary performances, he wasn’t acknowledged as the best player in the world by all. And now, a Head Coach seems to have overlooked Giannis again.

Erik Spoelstra, the Head Coach of the Miami Heat, is the culprit now. He was talking about how he believes Bam Adebayo should be in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year Award. He says that there are not a lot of people are like Bam. Erik also says that Draymond Green is the only player that can compare to Bam and no one else. Giannis is one of the best defenders in the league and he is in the running for DPOY every year. And saying that he isn’t comparable to Bam or Draymond is slightly disrespectful.

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Dec 1, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) gets ready before the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Fans are livid after Giannis Antetokounmpo gets snubbed

The NBA fans weren’t happy with Erik’s comments. And with Giannis coming off a monster defensive game, they let the Head Coach hear it.

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Who are the front runners of the Defensive Player of the Year award?

Along with Draymond Green and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other front runners are Rudy Gobert, and Jaren Jackson Jr. Rudy Gobert is currently the favorite to win and he will be keen to win it the fourth time. All of these defenders are unique in their own way. Green and Giannis are excellent perimeters and team defenders, while Gobert is a ferocious shot blocker. Jaren Jackson Jr. has been a revelation this year, and he is leading the league in blocks.

Nov 22, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) shoots and scores the ball defended by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the second quarter at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

While Bam could have also been in the consideration, he has missed too many games. Green also may be out of the contention, in case he misses more games. So it’s really gonna come down to Giannis, Gobert, and Jackson, who are the front runners. It will be very interesting to see who wins the award at the end of the season.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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