Giannis Antitokoumbo completed last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and MVP of the finals against the Phoenix Suns, making the best year of his career so far.
With the new season approaching, the well-known Sports Illustrated magazine ranked the top ten players just before the start of the league, and "Greek Freak" is in second place on the relevant list.
The only player who is above the Greek forward is Kevin Durand, who returned for good after the very serious injury he suffered two years ago. LeBron James is ranked third.
"The current champion and winner of two of the last three MVPs was the biggest favorite for No. 1 apart from Durand. John is not the definition of scorer but who else can score 30 points every night - and 50 in NBA Finals matches while creating a game for his teammates.
At the same time, he beats his opponents in the transition. "No one else can do this except Giannis", the magazine initially mentions about Giannis and continues:
"He achieved all of the above, without facing a serious injury problem. His ability to come back quickly after his injury (knee extension in the Hawks match) changed the outcome of the playoffs and gave the Bucks a title. That fact must be taken into account. "
The list with the first 10:
10. Kauai Leonard, Clippers (out of 3)
9. Anthony Davis, Lakers (out of 7)
8. Joel Ebid, Sixers (out of 10)
7. James Harden, Nets (out of 4)
6. Luka Doncic, Mavericks (out of 9)
5. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (out of 8)
4. Steve Carey, Warriors (out of 5)
3. LeBron James, Lakers (out of 1)
2. Giannis Antetokounbo (from 2)
1. Kevin Durand (out of 6)