Giannis Antetokounmpo is getting ready to start a new season with the Milwaukee Bucks, and his main goal will be to make the NBA finals for the first time in his career. The Bucks lost to the Raptors in a six-game series after being up 2-0, but the Raptors made the right adjustments and turned the series in their favor.
After the loss to the Raptors, Giannis took the responsibility upon himself and said playing in the ECF was a significant learning experience he will use to get better.
“When you get to that moment, maybe I wasn’t ready. Maybe my game wasn’t ready. But that’s OK. As long as you learn from it.”
One of the main reasons why the Bucks lost was because of Kawhi Leonard, who played exceptionally well on both ends of the floor. He completely outplayed Giannis in crucial moments, which left an impact on him and said he learned a lot from Kawhi during those series. Giannis realized what he needs to do better by watching Kawhi and how he handled certain situations on the floor.
“I learned a lot from him. He knocked down free throws. He was calm. When double-teams came, he was swinging the ball but getting it right back. He was aggressive. He was calm, but he was on a mission.”
The good thing that Giannis has is his age. He is only 24, and even though he is already an MVP, there is still a lot of room for improvement. The Bucks have pretty much the same team as last year, and they are still the leading candidate to take the eastern conference next year; however, there is still a lot of uncertainty whether they have enough quality to win a championship. If Giannis takes his game to another level once again, they have the chance to be competitive.