Giannis Antetokounmpo is making a powerful influence along with his two-way efficiency early within the season. Throughout Saturday’s recreation between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic, the “Greek Freak” impressed with a spotlight chase-down block.
Whereas orchestrating the offense, Antetokounmpo’s move to Bobby Portis on the perimeter was intercepted by Jonathan Isaac, triggering a fastbreak for the Magic.
Regardless of initially trailing Isaac by just a few steps, the Bucks’ star showcased his outstanding athleticism and pace by blocking Isaac’s layup try on the fastbreak.
The play drew amazement from followers, with some noting how he gave his finest regardless of it being solely the primary quarter.
Antetokounmpo averaged 28.1 factors, 9.4 rebounds and three.4 assists per recreation within the first eight video games. He averaged 56.6% from the sector.
Antetokounmpo holds the highest spot for the Bucks in factors per recreation, securing second place in blocks and third in assists. He averages a taking part in time of 31.8 minutes per recreation, trailing solely Damian Lillard, who logs 33.7 minutes on the court docket.
Regardless of battling a 25% success charge from past the arc and a 68.3% accuracy on the free-throw line, Antetokounmpo’s general affect on the sport is substantial.
When he’s on the court docket, the Bucks expertise a lift in complete rebound share, rising by 12 factors. The staff’s block share additionally sees an uptick of 5.6 factors, highlighting his appreciable influence on protection.
Giannis Antetokounmpo makes historical past in current loss
Regardless of a outstanding 54-point, 12-rebound efficiency towards the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, Giannis Antetokounmpo discovered himself on the unlucky facet of historical past.
The Pacers tarnished Antetokounmpo’s season-high efficiency, securing a 126-124 victory towards the Bucks.
In line with ESPN Stats & Data, he turned the primary participant in NBA historical past to lose a recreation regardless of scoring 50 factors, sustaining a 75% discipline purpose share, and grabbing ten rebounds.
Following the sport, he shared a optimistic message on Instagram.
“54. 45. 5. It doesn’t matter. Quite a lot of good issues we will be taught from at the moment to get higher,” Antetokounmpo stated.
The Bucks are presently on a 5-3 file. Within the final two video games, they’ve been with out the providers of Damian Lillard, and Antetokounmpo has needed to shoulder a considerable offensive burden as his co-star recovers from a calf harm.
After their matchup with the Magic, the Bucks are set to tackle the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, and the Washington Wizards of their upcoming 5 video games.
They’re scheduled to face Lillard’s former staff, the Portland Path Blazers, on Nov. 26.
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