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Giannis Antetokounmpo A sleeping NBA MVP bet on a crowded field

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He’s the governor, defending the NBA Finals’ best player and champion. It ranks in the top ten in points, rebounds, blocks per game and field goal percentage.

His team climbed to the top of the Eastern Group after an injury-packed start, and appears to be enjoying the highest level of monster matches per week.

The question you have to ask is: What more does Giannis Antetokounmue have to do to be the Bucks’ top player? (At BetMGM, he is third at +750 behind Nikola Jokic’s -300 and Joel Embiid’s +275).

His case is in six words: Giannis Antetokounmpo is the most dominant one.

It has been the most dominant in the past three years. You cannot prevent it. There are no counters.

One of the many issues Anteto-kounmpo poses is not just its raw size and strength. Its wings are shaped like the tip of a tree. However, it is not just an articulated threat. He is able to terminate the connection. He’s second in the NBA in charting and one this season, behind only Embiid.

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You used to be able to build a wall, fill paint with several guys and have him shoot the bird. This no longer works. Part of what helps Antetokounmpo in these locations is that opponents have to play again. If they play, he passes them with the brush. So they have to give him space, making it easier for him to get to his places.

To put his shot into perspective, Embiid shoots 41.8 percent from the midrange while Antetokounmpo shoots 41.7 percent. The Embiid shoots way more based on how many times it pops in the midrange, but the Embiid is a pretty good midrange shooter.

The league average is 30 percent and Antetokounmpo is in the 52nd percentile, according to CleaningTheGlass.com. He’s not an elite in this category, but he punishes teams enough to make things difficult.

Antetokounmpo’s overall shooting efficiency has been worse this season than in any of his MVP seasons by effective percentage of field goals, precisely because he takes more shots. If you take difficult shots too often, your efficiency will drop. What matters is that his overall competence remains elite.

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Nikola Jokic is currently the favorite to win the NBA Most Valuable Player title once again.
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You used to be able to make him win her over the streak. This doesn’t work now because it keeps forcing you into a bad problem and it never relents no matter how many people they’ve missed. Not only that, but he’s firing 72 percent this season and making a career high off the streak.

Defending with Antetokounmpo this season is a little complicated to explain, but here’s what’s interesting: Second Spectrum tracks possessions for a half-court match and among the players with at least 3,500 (101 players total), opponents attempt shots against Antetokounmpo only 14.2 times per 100 possessions. For perspective, the lowest is 11 and the median is 16.1. Antetokounmpo opponents are able (or willing) to create shots in the 16th percentile.

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In short, opponents do not test it. Competing players only generate 18 points for every 100 matches against him.

Its overall effect is great. With Antetokounmpo on the floor, Bucks are worth over 7.9 points for every 100 possessions. Bucks lose 3.2 points for every 100 possessions when they are seated.

When Antetokounmpo played this season, the Bucks were 43-22 going in on Friday, with a 66 percent winning percentage. When he was out, it was 6-8 bucks.

The best way to use the metrics to support the case for Player of the Year is to say that despite having to play out of position early and often this season, he has dominated, and his team has been as good as any in the league when healthy.

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