Is Giannis Antetokounmpo the best NBA player? What did the Milwaukee Bucks player say?

Named by media outlets as the NBA’s No. 1 player earlier this month, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo tops a list of the NBA’s 100 Greatest Players. Oddly enough, the man himself weighed his own thoughts and they might surprise you.

Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks it’s all about Steph Curry

As is normally the case with lists that name the best players in any sport, it’s really more about fans and pundits than the players themselves. To that end, it’s no surprise that Giannis maintained a humble stance when asked about his top dog status, but he actually went further and said he believed it was actually Steph Curry who is the best player in the world, having led the Golden State Warriors to another title last season.

“Do I believe I’m one of the best players in the league in how I help my team be great and win games? “Yes, I know,” said Giannis. “I’m mature enough, I’m old enough to understand that. Do I think I’m the best in the world? No. I think the best player in the world is the one who is the last one standing, the one who takes his team to the finish line and helps them win games and become champions. Two years ago when we did this, yeah, when I was sleeping in my bed, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, maybe I’m the best player in the world.’ But now, no. In my opinion, the way I see it, the winner is the best. The guy who wins is the best…I believe the best player in the world is Steph Curry until the next player.

What did Steph Curry have to say about Giannis’ comments?

Who doesn’t love a bit of a joke? Believe it or not, the Warriors also had media day that Sunday and when Curry was asked about Giannis’ comments, he had an equally interesting response. Of course, the Warriors star also took a diplomatic route, but in a cheeky way.

“I don’t know if it was fair play to set the table – I would say the same when you go up against the champions,” said Curry. “It’s part of the nature of the league. We all want to win the championship, and when you look at the team that was last in line and played the best, I thought the same about them last year after their race. So, I appreciate the compliment. It’s not going to soften me at all to be complacent. But you enjoy the respect of your peers for saying things like that, and I’ve been in a situation where I compliment the guys in the league a lot too.

Where does Giannis really fit in the NBA hierarchy?

The idea of ​​who is the best can often be a very subjective conversation, no matter what sport we are talking about. It’s also before we even consider the multiple factors at play when such a notion arises. As good as Curry is, what about his defense? As good as Giannis is, what about his shoot? Ultimately, what we all agree on is that Giannis is undoubtedly among the best in the league. Last season, he averaged 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 blocks per game last season. In effect, Giannis is the only player in league history to average at least 29 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and one block, and he’s done it twice in his career.

What sets Giannis apart is his dedication to improvement. The “Greek Freak”, as fans call him, is perhaps the hardest working player in the league when it comes to improving his craft and will likely be among the MVP candidates for some time to come. On the other hand, he’s right: to be the best, you have to be the last man standing.

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