Giannis Antekounmpo's Milwaukee Bucks' 116-109 road victory over reigning MVP James Harden's Houston Rockets was on account of his side's all-round display. A dominant performance from Giannis could have led to a massive platform to begin campaigning for the NBA's most prestigious individual honor. However, the Greek freak played down the early MVP discussion.
Antekounmpo, after securing 27 points, grabbing a career-high 21 rebounds and stated, "All I care about is winning, to be honest with you. I know by winning -- doing whatever it takes out there, helping your teammates and just leaving it everything on the floor -- everything will take care of itself."
If Antetokounmpo needs a campaign manager, Milwaukee big man Brook Lopez seems up to the task. "I definitely think it's our belief inside this locker room, and a lot just around the league, that we have the best player in the league right here," Lopez said. "He does it in so many ways. He makes so many of his players better. He's all over the court constantly. It's so impressive to watch every night."
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said, "He just does everything. He has a huge impact on winning."
Antetokounmpo has put himself in the conversation about the league's best players by efficiently averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists and playing dominant defense for a Milwaukee team that has the NBA's best winning percentage (29-11, .725).
Even Rockets' coach, Mike D'Antoni, praised Antetokounmpo. "He's not normal. I mean, that guy is 7 feet and has the [body] control, and all that he does. The guy is a great, great player, so he's in the [MVP] conversation, because they're playing so well. And he should be, but we've got a lot of basketball left. We're only halfway there. He and James are up there with a couple of other guys, and it'll sort itself out."
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega