After 20 seasons of competing at the highest level, LeBron James has undoubtedly cemented his name on the GOAT list. Many believe he’s arguably the best to ever do it, but like his lone predecessor Michael Jordan, the apex of his peak form would also reach its end.
Looking at the current NBA, an array of superstars presents a strong case for succeeding “King James.” But for former Milwaukee Bucks forward Kenyon Martin, that spot already belongs to Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Speaking to Basketball News.com ahead of the last All-Star weekend, Martin raved about the 2021 NBA champions. According to K-Mart, the Bucks would cop the title once again “no matter what their seed or where they are in the standings.”
Unfortunately, Milwaukee was eliminated by the Boston Celtics. Despite being wrong about his prediction, Martin is certain Antetokounmpo has been the best player in this era outright.
Martin likened Antetokounmpo’s dominance to that of LeBron a few years ago. And for K-Mart, no other player deserves the MVP award every season more than Antetokounmpo since “The Greek Freak” won it for the first time in 2019.
“Listen, Giannis is the new LeBron,” Martin declared. “He can be in the MVP convo every season. And the only reason you don’t give it to him is because someone else is playing out of their mind that season. So yeah, a lot has to happen before they’re the favorites over Milwaukee.”
Giannis doesn’t care about the MVP
Interestingly, the man himself shared his honest take on the same conversation just before he won his first NBA championship last year. As per Antetokounmpo, James proved he was still the best player in the league when he brought the championship back to Los Angeles in 2020. For Giannis, the MVP is not a metric for determining who the greatest player is; instead, it should be the championships won.
“I don’t care who’s the MVP, I don’t care who’s the leading scorer in the NBA,” Antetokounmpo said. “If you’re the champion on the best team, I think you’re the best player in the league, the best player in the world.”
Antetokounmpo is only in his 10th season in the NBA, but his accolades suggest he’s already a future Hall of Famer. And what’s even more thrilling is that many are convinced that “The Greek Freak” could still be better than his already dominant form.