Not only are Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant the founding members of the NBA’s 90-percent-of-my-body-is-limbs club, but at least one calls the other his favorite player to watch in the league.
“The Greek Freak, I think, is a force. I’ve never seen anything like him,” Durant said during a Q-and-A on YouTube last week. “His ceiling is probably—he could end up being the best player to ever play if he really wanted to. That’s pretty scary to think about. … He’s by far my most favorite player to watch.”
Luckily for Durant, his Golden State Warriors were off on Wednesday night, meaning he had the opportunity to watch Giannis absolutely dominate the Gordon Hayward-less Boston Celtics.
Whether he watched or not, one person who certainly got a good view of the personal spanking was Celtics center Aron Baynes, who’d recently had his ego inflated by broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn.
Giannis dropped him back to earth real quick.
First with this slam up in the Australian’s barbie …
— NBA (@NBA) October 19, 2017
… then with this alley-oop so freakish, Baynes didn’t believe it actually went through the hoop.
He’s a bad man!
Bucks take down the Celtics 108-100, behind Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 37 points, 13 rebounds.
— NBA News (@NBABBGAMETIME) October 19, 2017
The Bucks entered the fourth quarter trailing by four points, but Giannis dropped 16 of his 37 points in the final period to lead his squad to a 108-100 victory in their first game of the season. He also grabbed 13 rebounds, dished three assists, and committed three thefts.
“When I was on the bench in the third quarter, Jet (Jason Terry) came to me and told me, ‘You’ve got to focus, you’ve got to got make plays, you’ve got to make sure we get the W tonight,'” Giannis said, according to the Milwaukee Sentinel.
The 22-year-old is a dark horse candidate in the 2017-18 MVP race. But he’ll likely need to lead Milwaukee to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference’s playoff seeding to get there.
“I think we’re capable of doing big things this year,” he said. “We’ve just got to stay focused, stay grounded … and try to have the same mentality. We’re the underdogs. We’re not a big market team, we’re not a big team, we’re young, so we’ve just to play with a chip on our shoulder and hopefully this season we can be one of the best teams in the East.”