1. Giannis will be a top three MVP candidate
Giannis Antetokounmpo took yet another stride in his career this past season by taking his game to another level. The transformation of his game has been remarkable in his five years in the league. In terms of impacting the game, Antetokounmpo finished third behind LeBron James and Victor Oladipo in Player Impact Estimate, which measures a player’s overall statistical contribution against the total statistics in games they play in. This statistic shows how much Antetokounmpo means to the Bucks total success. While it is impressive that he ranks so high, it is also concerning that he needed to contribute that much for the team to be successful. Now that Antetokounmpo has a coach which will put him in a system that doesn’t rely on him to create everything, he can focus on becoming even more efficient than he was last season.
It’s hard to project what Antetokounmpo can do statistically moving forward. We can expect that he will improve his jump shot even more, as he has mastered his offensive repertoire from inside the lane. Budenholzer will most certainly focus on using Antetokounmpo in a way to help everyone on the floor.
If you are trying to draw some comparisons you could see what James did as the next logical path for Antetokounmpo. That next step will require him to become an elite passer and a better shooter. If he can use his offensive skill-set to improve others around him, the Bucks can have a team that can contend with the top in the league, and Giannis may be the MVP.