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Giannis Antetokounmpo makes the case for the Hall of Fame in just one year


Only the selected few enter the Hall of Fame. Even for those with legendary careers, it’s not always an automatic entry to the elite circle - just ask Chris Webber and Ben Wallace. There are different factors involved, such as titles won, impact on the game, and longevity. Winning isn't enough; you have to mark an era. Giannis Antetokounmpo achieved all that in 12 months.

Amazing year for Antetokounmpo

Giannis has accomplished achievements other players could only dream of, and he did it in just 12 months. The Greek Freak won league MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP, NBA Champion, 2x All-NBA First Team, and 2x All-Defensive First Team in 365 days! No one was more decorated than Giannis in the past year. 

The Milwaukee Bucks star could retire tomorrow and still be a sure Hall of Famer. He could even agree that his last year playing basketball be the only thing you look at, and Giannis would still be a lock for the Hall of Fame. The question now is how much drive and hunger he has left to do it all over again next year. Does Antetokounmpo have the desire to go through it all, and sacrifice even more to get to the summit? The only thing that separates him from being a legendary player is the focus and determination to stay on this level for years. 

The Freak is running out of things to accomplish. He might have to enter the 3-point shootout during the All-Star Game or enter the Dunk contest. Is there anything else?

List of most accomplished Hall of Famers

As impressive as the past 12 months have been for Giannis - possibly the most impressive 12 months in NBA history - there's still a lot to achieve. Everyone who's ever done it said repeating a title is infinitely more difficult than winning a first one. Longevity is the hardest thing to achieve, and there are a few guys Giannis still has a lot of work to do to catch up with. Here are just a few.

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Giannis' humility comes from his knowledge of the game. For years the Greek Freak refused to refer to himself as the MVP, saying he still hasn't won anything, and there were guys better than him still playing. He has a ring now, but we all know Antetokounmpo is chasing greatness - the past 12 months are just the beginning.

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