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Jason Kidd: Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Once-in-a-Generation Player


    Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a breakout season right now, but nobody seems to be caring like they should. The Greek Freek is on a tear, averaging 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists for the 9-8 Bucks. The crazy thing is his numbers don’t even do him justice. To see how far Giannis has come and how much potential he really has, you have to watch him.

    A few nights he torched the Cavs with 34 points and 12 rebounds, the defending champs had no answer for him. Last night, the 21-year-old filled the stat sheet against the Nets with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Milwaukee definitely has something to be excited for and nobody knows that more than Antetokounmpo’s coach Jason Kidd.

    The legendary point guard tells Bleacher Report that Giannis is a once-in-a-generation type player and puts him in the same level of “special” as Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Via Bleacher Report:

    For a variety of reasons, Antetokounmpo’s rise isn’t talked about in these terms. He plays in Milwaukee. The Bucks aren’t a bona fide contender. He doesn’t shoot threes. Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double. LeBron James is basically right there with him. The Golden State Warriors exist.

    “I don’t even think about it,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think my game is so versatile that, without even thinking about it and just playing hard and being in the right spot, you just fill up the sheet. That’s what I’m trying to do. I have the ball in my hands a lot, so no matter what happens, the stats are going to be there.”

    “We have special players that we come across,” Kidd said. “LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. And Giannis is one of those rare players we’ll be able to enjoy for a long time.”

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