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ESPN Names Giannis Antetokounmpo a Contender for the NBA Throne

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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It’s August, which means two things: there isn’t a ton of NBA news going on (even though this summer has been stranger than anticipated), and people are in full-on “Game of Thrones” geekery.

It’s reasonable to recognize that one has little to do with the other, even though both things are awesome (in their own right) and attract the attention of millions. But every so often, there’s a convergence of worlds that fits better than you can imagine. In an article posted on ESPN today, Milwaukee Bucks fans had a tiny such convergence:

There's an episode in Season 5 of "Game of Thrones" where one of the dragons unleashes a combination of size, strength and skill that nobody has ever seen. In the fighting pit, a hoard of bewildered enemies has no clue how to fight back. The awestruck opponents try a few tactics, but nothing works. It's the culmination of four seasons of buildup dotted with prolonged glimpses of promise and potential.

In a related story, [Giannis] Antetokounmpo is entering his fifth season in the NBA.

The article forecasts the 2017-18 NBA Most Valuable Player race, in which Giannis comes in 5th with 29 total points (including two first place votes!) The article goes on to mention how Giannis led the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, steals, AND blocks (placing him in the Top 20 in the entire league!), and how he’s the driving force behind the Bucks’ favorable RPM projections for next season.

All too often, we get bogged down by everything we see that could be better, to the point that we don’t always appreciate the greatness we’re lucky enough to be a part of, even in some small insignificant way. Sometimes that concern turns into negativity, and we start spiraling out of control with our predictions. That happens, and that’s okay. Winning in the NBA is hard, and there’s no way to know for sure how to get where you want to go.

One thing we do know, though, is that the Milwaukee Bucks have a superstar that wants to a) win, and b) win in Milwaukee. It’s only a matter of time (and, y’know, all that other stuff) before the rest of the league bends the knee to our Greek overlord. So although there are enemies to the east (Cleveland and Boston), enemies to the west (basically the entire Western Conference), enemies to the south (Chicago and their traveling fan base), and enemies to the north (Toronto, I guess, is technically north?), the Bucks have something that everyone else simply doesn’t have: Giannis.