Giannis Antetoukounmpo eclipsed the 30 & 15 mark for the fourth time in his career with 31 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks against the Knicks Monday night. Antetokounmpo is getting to the basket easier than last season from the naked eye and has easily been the biggest beneficiary from Mike Budenholzer’s system in the first three games shooting six more shots per game than he did last season. Antetokounmpo owned the paint per usual but wasn’t efficient as compared by his shooting percentage in the first two games as he only converted 44.8% of his shots against the Knicks.
The biggest change we have seen from Antetokonmpo in the first three games is he aggressiveness rebounding the ball. He is averaging 16 rebounds as of now and five of those are off the offensive glass. The Bucks struggled mightily last season with their rebounding and finished in dead-last in that category, and as of right now they are top-ten in the league in rebounding.
It is important to see Antetokounmpo round out his game as he begins the beginning of his prime as a player and the jump shot appears to be the final hurdle that he needs to overcome. He did not get off to a good start from behind the arc in the season missing his first nine attempts, but he finally connected on a three with six minutes left in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 100.
Giannis hitting the three. His form looks cleaner this season. pic.twitter.com/UI3bB9FaKV
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All in all, it was an impressive outing for the Greek Freak against the Knicks. The they went blank in the third quarter getting outscored 35-17, but behind Antetokounmpo and Middleton’s performance they were able to outscore them in the fourth 36-26 and eventually close the game out with an 11-point lead.
Here is how Antetokounmpo currently stands in individual statistics.