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“You can just see how bad he wants it!” - DeMar DeRozan shares what makes Giannis Antetokounmpo so good

Giannis Antetokounmpo's hunger for greatness is evident in his demeanor, says DeRozan.
DeMar DeRozan and Giannis Antetokounmpo

DeMar DeRozan and Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo was a dominant force against the Chicago Bulls in the 2022 Playoffs, averaging a double-double with 28.6 points and 13.4 rebounds per game. He also contributed in other areas, with 6.2 assists and 1.4 blocks, helping the Milwaukee Bucks win the series in five games.

As Giannis went about his business against the Bulls, DeMar DeRozan couldn’t help but notice his desire to win shine through.

The Greek Freak wants it so badly

Antetokounmpo has made himself one of the most dominant guys in the league. He’s been an All-Star for the last six years and never took even one of those fixtures lightly – setting a defensive tone to those match-ups.

“You could just see how bad he wants it. You can see it physically, his demeanor - when you go out there on the court, he’s a f**king killer. … You know, you see why he MVP. One of the most dominant players in our league without a doubt,” DeRozan said on ‘The Old Man and The Three’ podcast.

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Ever since he’s entered the league, the only thing that drives Giannis is his desire to be the best. And his efforts have been rewarded with a host of honors at a very young age.

Giannis has grown leaps and bounds since year one

Giannis entered the league in 2013 as a player with potential, but his frame and build played the biggest role in his selection. Physically gifted at 6-foot-11, his wingspan is almost 7-foot-3, though his basketball skills needed some polishing.

“Its remarkable the effort that you see he put in to want to be great. … I remember when he first came to the league, he’s just a skinny kid, you will push him around, didn’t know how to play basketball,” DeRozan recollected.

Fast forward to 2022, nine years into the league, Giannis has grown into one of the best players in the NBA. With two MVP titles under his belt, he also has a Finals MVP and a Defensive Player of the Year award.

Giannis has turned into a player that many dread playing. You can rest assured that he will be back this time as an improved version of himself.

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