Currently, it seems to be a duel between the two superstars for the MVP trophy at the end of the season. Last week Giannis celebrated his first victory against The Beard on the floor: with a truly spectacular performance and a total of 27 points, 21 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Brook Lopez thinks the Bucks currently have the best player in the league and how it’s a privilege to watch him on a nightly basis.
“We in the cabin and many other people think we have the best player in the league. It’s so impressive to watch him every night.”
However, the Greek Freak pointed out that he was solely interested in getting better and helping the team win, and he dictated to the journalist that MVP race is not so important to him. This works quite well so far: with an average of 26.6 points, 12.8 boards, 6 assists and a superior field goal rate of 58.1 percent, Giannis led the Bucks to 29 victories with only twelve losses – the second best record in the entire NBA. After Antetokounmpo did not play in the previous game against Washington due to injury, the Greek is likely to start again against Atlanta.
In addition to the high number of victories, there are many more statistics that prove the strength of the Milwaukee Bucks in the current season. In almost all relevant advanced Stats the Bucks deliver top values. On the one hand, there is by far the best net rating in the league (8.9 – the Celtics are in second place with 6.1), the fourth best offense (113.3) and the third-best defense (104.4). Similar strong placings in both categories have been recorded in 2014/15 by the Warriors. And we know how that ended up for the Dubs in that season.
Milwaukee is also among the top three in the NBA in terms of rebound and true shooting percentage. These statistics prove that the Bucks are much more than just Giannis. While undoubtedly it helps to have an MVP contender in-house, the rest must be right if you want to fight for the NBA crown.