We still have to see a fully armed and operational Giannis Antetokounmpo.
He won the MVP last season, as the man the Bucks faced is integrated, averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 badists and throwing 1.5 blocks per game. He is unstoppable one by one (and the Bucks bet on that and they surrounded him with shooters so that the teams pay to help him) and a freight train in transition. He took 72.5 percent of his shots 10 feet from the edge (more than half in the restricted area) because he can not be stopped.
However, Antetokounmpo believes he has a long way to go. Look what he said to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.
"There are many things I can improve on," Antetokounmpo told ESPN on Saturday after filming for the PUBG MOBILE Team Up Superstar Showdown event. "First of all, [I have to] Look at myself before looking at someone else. Try to self-improve as much as possible. There are many things that I have to work on in my game.
"A lot of people say: You're the MVP, you're one of the best players in the league, you're so dominant," he continued. "But I think I can improve, I think I'm 60 percent of my potential, as good as I can be, I just want to be better, if I'm in the same situation again. [in the conference finals]"React better, play better, play better, execute better".
Deepening the playoffs, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, was a learning experience for Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. While the Greek Freak averaged 22.7 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.5 badists per game in that series, the Raptors kept it at 48.8 percent shooting, well below its efficient 57.8 percent during the regular season. The long defenders and rim guards that the Raptors could throw at him made life difficult for him.
Of course, the obvious area that Antetokounmpo needs to improve on is his jump shot, and he's improving. He shot just 25.6 percent from three last season, but after the All-Star break that went up to 31.5 percent, and in the playoffs, he shot 32.7 percent from beyond the goal. Few men in the league are so motivated and work so hard in their game, the shot in fallas is advancing, which makes Antetokounmpo much more dangerous.
Next summer, the Bucks can offer Antetokounmpo a supermax contract extension. He talks to sources from other teams and they say that, of course, everyone is watching this, but almost a man also expects him to sign the deal and stay in Wisconsin. More than him professing his love for Milwaukee and his loyal personality, the fact is that the Bucks have built a contender around him in a way that, for example, New Orleans did not do with Anthony Davis. Antetokounmpo wants to win, and in how many places can he go where he has more chances of winning a title now than Milwaukee?
Of course, Antetokounmpo himself is not cornering the status of his contract, keeping his comments open to interpretation and pressure on the Bucks.
"My goal will remain the same: it will improve, it will take it day by day, step by step, and the ultimate goal is to win a championship," said Antetokounmpo. "While we're all on the same page and we're all focused on that goal, why not play for the Bucks for 20 years, why not play 25 years? Why not, after playing, be a member of the coaching staff or a member of the office? But we have to have the same objective. We have to have the same principles. … We have to concentrate on winning a championship. "