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A new legend is born

FEEL THE GAME - Bobby Motus - The Freeman

When basketball legends are mentioned, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal among others come up.  Current players reaching the level of the above-named are LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. 

With his legendary Finals performance, Giannis Antetokounmpo joined the super elites of the game.

Only 26-years old, Giannis averaged 35.2 ppg, 13.2rpg and 5apg in the championship series, becoming the first player in NBA Finals history to average 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists on at least 60% shooting.  According to Basketball Reference’s database, he’s the first player to have 50 points, 10+ rebounds and 5 blocks in any playoff game.

It has been a long 50 years since Milwaukee had their title and the 50 points Giannis scored was just fitting. He was almost laser-guided in that close-out game, making 16 of 25 shots and converting 17 of 19 free throws. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, was a legend in the making at that time and at 24-years old, he was instrumental in that title run, becoming the Finals MVP and regular season MVP.

In a comparative data among legends when they were 26, Giannis has an NBA title, a Finals MVP and 2 regular season MVPs.

 

        Magic Johnson          1 title     0 F-MVP     0 MVP                                                     

        Larry Bird                     0 title      0 F-MVP     0 MVP                                                     

        Wilt Chamberlain       0 title      0 F-MVP     1 MVP                                                     

        Michael Jordan           0 title      0 F-MVP     1 MVP                                                           

        Shaquille O’Neal       0 title      0 F-MVP     0 MVP                                                           

        Kobe Bryant                0 title      0 F-MVP     0 MVP                                                            

        Lebron James           0 title      0 F-MVP     2 MVP                                                            

        Kevin Durant              0 title      0 F-MVP    1 MVP                                                            

        Steph Curry                0 title      0 F-MVP    0 MVP

 

As per StatMuse, the Greek Freak is the first player in league history to win MVP, F-MVP, Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year.  No other way to say it – freakish.

Meanwhile, Chris Paul is battling father time and the latter is always undefeated.16 years is a long stretch to get into the NBA Finals and getting back to the next post-season will be a hard climb. It’s going to be a wait-and-see for CP3 and the rest of the Suns who just disappeared in the horizon.

bobbytoohotty@lycos.com

bobbymotus1961@gmail.com

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