With six games left in the regular season, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antikonmo could win his first-ever title.
After famously surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points scored in Milwaukee Bucks history, Giannis Antetokounmpo has a real chance of winning his first-ever title.
The two-time MVP and NBA champion averages 30.1 points per game. That number put him in a tie with LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and a 0.1 point lead over Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers. Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (28.2), Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (28.1) and Chicago Bulls’ Demar DeRozan (28.0) also averaged 28.0 points or better.
With the scoring title hitting the wire, maybe Greek Freak who comes out on top?
Milwaukee Bucks: Can Giannis Antetokounmou win the NBA’s top scorer title?
Of the Bucks’ remaining six games, they play only one team without a shot in the postseason: The Central Division’s rival Detroit Pistons next Friday. While Milwaukee will almost certainly stay in the top six, they still have to play top-quality teams on the schedule like the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. In short, he will play Antetokounmpo.
With other players in the mix for the scoring title, none of them are playing on really bad teams collecting empty stats. Even if the Hawks or the Lakers immediately drop into the playing cycle, James and Young still have plenty to play for. In short, the race for that scoring title will end up with the player who plays his best brand in basketball for the next two weeks.
Given that Antetokounmpo put the money on his back to carry the Milwaukee past the Brooklyn Nets in overtime, he may have another massive performance or two left in him before qualifying time. He may be a Greek freak, but he’s getting closer to the lands of the Greek gods with each passing season. If Antetokounmpo wins the scoring title, it will be an achievement.
For a guy who isn’t a shooter by nature, this would make the title all the more relevant.