The entire league should be scared. 20 some odd point guards should be holding each other in some sort of group embrace, reassuring each other, reminding each other that everything is going to be okay. Because Giannis Antetokounmpo is coming for them in short order.
The Milwaukee Bucks were supposed to erupt this year, after spending several years building a fearsome roster chock full of freakish athleticism and all-Conference NCAA players, not to mention their blockbuster acquisition of Greg Monroe. Despite qualifying for the playoffs last year, the Bucks went belly-up this year, and despite their mild second-half resurgence, have already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
However, folks in the Bucks organization should not be hanging their heads just yet. Over the last couple of months, Jason Kidd‘s screw-it-we’re-not-making-the-playoffs-anyway decision to cast third-year forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in the point-forward role has proved to be very fruitful for the Bucks, and the “Greek Freak,” as Giannis is fondly referred to, has blossomed into a triple-double force to be reckoned with. He set the Bucks franchise record for most triple-doubles in a single season earlier this month after tallying his fourth against the Nets, and has basketball analysts discussing whether either he or Russell Westbrook could average a triple double for a full season.
So, assuming the Bucks can pull all their ridiculously potent pieces together by next year, this news, which was brought to the basketball world by Jason Kidd himself via a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel beat writer, is going to make for a fun 2016-2017.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the team’s point guard heading into next season.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) March 29, 2016
This means point guards are going to have to get ready to go toe-to-toe with a guy that can do this.