While celebrating his 22nd birthday on Tuesday, Antetokounmpo was treated to a surprise visit from future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. It seems everyone is taking notice. Through 19 games, he was averaging 22.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.2 blocks and steals, respectively, per game. The last player to average at least 22-8-5, while having that type of impact on the defensive end was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978-79. Antetokounmpo paused and chose his words carefully when asked about the lofty comparisons being made. “I’ve got a long way to go to get into that level, but it’s a compliment,” he said, knowing full well his words have started to carry more weight.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo: We signed Dellavedova, who is a great guard, helps out the team a great deal, and has recent experience with… winning the ring! And when Middleton’s injury occurred, we signed Michael Beasley, and you can see how important a role he has and how much he contributes in every aspect of the game. Once again, the GΜ did an amazing job and our owners have a vision for the Bucks, the present and future of the franchise. All this goes to show that, in Milwaukee, the foundations are already in place to build something big. We all dream of it, we’re all working towards it!