Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Franchise Triple Double Record

Published 03/15/2021, 10:47 PM EDT
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 had a rocky start to the season. But with the rise in form of their star and two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are back to being one of the most dangerous teams in the league.

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They won their fourth game in a row tonight, beating the Wizards by 11 points. Giannis starred with a huge 30-point triple-double and entered franchise history books. With his seventh 30-point triple-double tonight, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in Bucks’ history.

The record-breaking didn’t stop there for the Greek Freak. He notched his third triple-double in a row, becoming the first player in Bucks’ history to do so. He stuffed the stat sheet with 31 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists, while also grabbing three steals and a block.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: Quietly improving on his weaknesses

Since the last few seasons, Giannis has become a monster on both ends. This has led to two straight MVP awards and also the DPOY award last season. His performance on both ends is also ridiculous. However, despite all these performances, people criticize him for just ‘running and dunking.’

His shooting has often been spotty and poor. In his eighth season currently, Giannis has shot above 31% from three just once and has also become a below-average free throw shooter. These have been the biggest complaints about his offense.

Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

But since the start of the month, the Greek star hit a purple patch. In the five games he has played in March, Giannis has been shooting 45% from three on 2.2 attempts per game. He is also shooting 80% from the free-throw line on eight attempts per game. Those are superb numbers for any big man and show a lot of improvement for Giannis.

If he can keep this form going, especially during the playoffs, there is no stopping him. He can now run, dunk, and shoot too. How do you beat that?

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Big test coming up for Giannis and the Bucks

In their current four-game winning streak, the Bucks beat the Grizzlies, Knicks, and the Wizards twice. They aren’t the toughest of teams, so it wasn’t too big of a challenge. But they have a huge test coming up, as they face the #1 team in the East, the 76ers, on Wednesday.

Feb 3, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) celebrates with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) against the Indiana Pacers at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

They are only two games behind them, so a win could help close the gap. If the Bucks win that game, it will announce them as a serious team, and it will sound a warning to the rest of the league. With the stakes so high, Giannis will hope to do his best, and get the win for his team.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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