The Greek Freak is not quite there

Giannis Antetokounmpo better known as The Greek Freak has made a name for himself as a potential winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award even though he has much to prove.

Antetokounmpo has no doubt taken a leap into a category of elite players. At the young age of 22, Antetokounmpo has been turning heads as a potential MVP candidate. The argument that people make in favor of Antetokounmpo is his ability to do it all on the court.

So far the Greek Freak has put up amazing stats during this season by averaging 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.7 block a game. To someone who watches sports moderately those stats make Antetokounmpo their no obvious MVP. However for those who watch the sport religiously know that stats can only reflect an individual’s success and not a team’s success.

If the season were to end right not then Antetokounmpo would have only lead his team to an 8 seed. Last year’s Russell Westbrook MVP was one of the only exception where someone from a top team did not win the award. The award should be awarded to the best player on the best team. Some will say that Antetokounmpo doesn’t have a good enough team to win it, especially in a very weak Eastern Conference.

When Westbrook won the award he was going up against the more talented western conference teams. If you were to put Westbrook 47 and 35 Oklahoma City Thunder team in the Eastern Conference then they would’ve finished as a fourth seed where he would more than likely be a contender for a eastern conference championship. However Westbrook does not compete in the east so he finished as a 6 seed in the west.

Antetokounmpo needs more experience and more consistency in winning basketball games before he is recognized as a potential MVP. Rather than giving Antetokounmpo all this attention, people should be recognizing James Harden and all of the success he’s had this season.

No one has been talking about the dominant season Harden is having in Houston. The man is no joke. Year after year he is snubbed of the MVP award.

To many, Harden should have two MVP awards winning his third one this season if he continues to do what he’s doing. Harden is averaging 31 points, 9.8 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game. Not only is he putting up unreal numbers but he is winning. If the season were to end today then Houston would have finished as the number 1 seed in the highly competitive Western Conference.

Antetokounmpo is no doubt an amazing talent and basketball player. From his rookie season to the present, he has improved drastically. But the Greek Freak is not quite there yet. There are a bunch of players that are proven and much better than Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo needs a bit more of experience and winning under his belt before we put him in the same conversation of MVP.

Fans shouldn’t be putting his name in the conversation until he makes his team and elite threat to beat the Cavaliers or Celtics.

Antetokounmpo has more potential than anyone in the league to become a great basketball player. However we need to step back and allow him to grow. Let him develop a bit more and he will be a threat. He is just not on my ballot yet.