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Who is the Biggest of the Big?

Giannis Antetokounmpo – The Freak

Who is called by the U.S. Basketball Fans by his first name, has done it. No one asks for more when LeBron is mentioned. LeBron James is the figurehead of the NBA –this, by the way, after his move to the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in his career, the playoffs will be missed.

However, LeBron is not alone. Now, every NBA Fan, who is Giannis and white. Even if you have to say: Giannis called the people already in Giannis, as this had not achieved the level of Superstar. Simply because he carries one of these surnames, you can also read three times and still stumble: Antetokounmpo.

The Leader of the Milwaukee Bucks is Greek, reveals his first name – with Nigerian roots, hence the surname. His parents emigrated in 1991 to Europe, in Athens, the fairy tale story of Giannis Antetokounmpo started in December 1994.

He ignored his Size

In her last Chapter, the question about whether this young man is already at the age of 24, the best player in a League full of extraordinary talents. "The Greek Freak" is what they call him now. The appreciation meant a lot. Antetokounmpo is abnormal, because it ignores the distribution of roles in the Basketball . With his Size of 2.11 meters, he would be ideal for an offensive role near the basket. But because he moves so nimble and dynamic as one that is 15 inches smaller, it acts as a playmaker. Now, if this mobile giant charging with pace at the basket, he is unstoppable. At least without a Foul.

Antetokounmpo offensive Sensation and spectacle is at the same time. But what makes him the phenomenon that was happening at the other end of the field. While other strong Skorer get assigned to by the Trainer, usually those against the players, from the least danger – that you are the next possession, belongs Antetokounmpo also defensive of the Best in the League. There are virtually no relevant statistics, where he is not one of the top spots.

realize The most successful Team

finally, how big Antetokounmpos season, a glance at the balance of the Bucks: Last season, they made it as the Seventh in the East, just into the Playoff. A year later, they are the only Team that has more than 60 victories. The are more than enough reasons to honor the Greeks as the most valuable player. In other years, players were awarded with significantly less convincing arguments as Most Valuable Player. But in 2018/19 is no such season – because of the duel between Antetokounmpo and James Harden.

The trial and error will continue for a while: the MVP choice only the Regular counts, the Season will be awarded the trophies but not until after the Playoff, at an Award Show in June.

James Harden – The Beard

An average team would have broken up to the task. The qualification winner of the preseason, the Houston Rockets, had a false start, only 11 of the first 25 games won. Some players had adopted; and with Chris Paul, a power carrier was missing.

But then James Harden arrived in the corridors. He also had to, there is none that can carry this Team would have looked like in the last Playoff as the budding NBA Champion was else – until Paul in the decisive match against the later champion Golden State Warriors had injured.

You know him

Harden did what he does best: He threw the basket to the basket. With fondness from a distance, from behind the 3-point line. This gives a, the 1.96 meters big Harden is famous, the one they call only "The Beard".

Harden would have become without his Beard, a NBA icon. He has perfected a Trick that no other dominates just as good: the Step Back. Harden dribbles with the Ball to the 3-point line and trying to get to the defender so much room that he can throw. He does this by faking an attack, and so convincing that his opponent reacts, just to make then in the same motion back step back Step Back") and the 3-point shot to fire ("on the wrong foot, caught a defender.

it worked already last season is excellent – a good 30 points he scored per game. That was a League-best value, Harden was the undisputed MVP.

More points than all

After the disastrous Start, it took gender this time the superior Harden all the more. And the 29-Year-old delivered: The Rockets and with them Hardens Swiss Center Clint Capela could be the Regular Season in the West, as the Second complete 36 points Harden scored for an average, clear League-best value, and in doing so, he created a series of 32 Games with at least 30 points. This was previously managed only Wilt Chamberlain, in all the "eternal" statistics outstanding Skorer from the 60s and 70s.

Here, the expert begins the dispute: Can one who shines in the role of the primary individual, as the most valuable player award? It is an interesting aspect of the MVP choice, that there are no clear criteria that each member of the electorate of the media panel have to decide for yourself.

Harden could get over it, maybe even to be in the MVP election by-passed, if he and the Rockets defeat this Time for the Warriors. Because it was so very "The Beard" to one of the faces of the League: A title missing him still. Paradoxically, this could be the great season for getting in the way: No other team leader has been pushed as how to Harden. Perhaps this points to the power plant is eventually tired.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 10.04.2019, 23:05 PM

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