This season has seen a lot of historic individual performances from players like Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and James Harden. They’re putting on beastly performances night after night and running up insane stat lines to back it up. In the middle of all that, players like Giannis Antetokounmpo are getting ignored for their impressive starts.
The 6’11” guard/forward combo is still labelled a rising star, despite the fact that his numbers indicate he’s already risen. With an average of 22 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.1 blocks a game, Antetokounmpo is already at among the best as a versatile player who can do just about everything. His head coach, Jason Kidd, thinks he deserves to be recognized among the best, and he thinks he knows the reason why he isn’t:
Kidd was asked why Antetokounmpo is not getting more recognition around the league. "It's hard to pronounce," Kidd said.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 27, 2016
That’s a pretty funny explanation, and it could be true. Fortunately for Antetokounmpo, the nickname “The Greek Freak” is both easy to pronounce and catchy as hell.