Wednesday NBA Roundup: Giannis Antetokounmpo Is a Different Kind of Superstar

January 4th, 2017 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Giannis Antetokounmpo snapped a streak of seven straight games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists Wednesday, but he's probably cool with that.

All he has left now is a game-winner in Madison Square Garden to sink the New York Knicks, 105-104, not to mention (clears throat):

The cover of Sports Illustrated this week A surefire All-Star berth The highest player efficiency rating by a 22-year-old in the three-point era A still-intact streak of 13 straight games with at least 20 points Our hearts, minds and souls The nastiest step-back jumper on record And maybe we need to start there, with physical mechanics that do not compute. As much as anything else, Antetokounmpo's breakout season has been defined by nightly exhibitions like this—not necessarily the 27 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, but the highlights. Routinely and without fail, he turns in two or three plays that aren't just impressive.

They're unprecedented.

Full-court forays in four dribbles. Eurosteps that cover huge swaths of the court. Passes no man with his size has any ...

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