It's not easy covering the Milwaukee Bucks these days -- every other day you've got some ridiculous Giannis Antetokounmpo highlight to Vine, tweet, and post about. It's hard work, people...but hey, work in this case can be pretty fun, too.
Saturday night's Bucks-Clippers affair was no exception, with Giannis delivering a flurry of highlight reel passes, blocks, dunks and swooping finishes to deal the Clippers their second straight loss and keep the Brew Hoop staff scrambling to keep up. The final line saw Giannis match his career-best with 20 points on hyper-efficient 8/11 shooting from the field, along with five boards, three assists, two steals and a block.
Over his last four games, Giannis is now averaging 17.3 points and 5.8 rebounds on 56% shooting from the field, while his season averages have climbed to 12.5 points, 5.8 boards, 2.0 assists, with a 16.5 PER on 55.5% true shooting and 21.4% usage. Those numbers -- and the mind-bending way he goes about piling them up -- figure to put him squarely in the middle of the most improved player conversation for the foreseeable future, which is especially impressive when you consider the simplified approach he's used on the offensive end. In one word? ATTACK.
Granted, he'll need to add further variety (read: a jump shot) in order to take his game to yet another level, but for a 20-year-old kid you can't ask for much more at the moment. Giannis may not be a threat outside the paint just yet, but so far it hasn't mattered -- he's sticking to what's working, and so far teams haven't been able to stop him with any consistency in the paint. And he knows it.
"I'm just trying to drive it hard and I try to put my shoulder in them," Giannis said about how he's attacking the hoop when he has an isolation matchup. "Because if they don't try to block the shot, they'll try to foul me and if they don't foul me I try to score and it's up to me. At the end of the day if I miss the layup or make a bad play, it's me. It's my fault, because I think they cannot stop me when I try to drive."