From 2011 to 2018, you could guarantee that LeBron James and whichever team he was on was going to win the Eastern Conference and play for an NBA Championship. When LeBron signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer and shifted to the Western Conference, most people believed that there would be a balance in the East with the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics all having the talent to win the conference. Then came a photo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers in the weight room over the summer that showed that Giannis was no longer the skinny man he was when he entered the league. HE WAS RIPPED(photo below) and as a lot of people predicted, Giannis went from a highly-skilled big man to an all-around elite talent.
This 2018-19 season saw one of the most dominant seasons by a single individual in NBA history. Giannis averaged 27.7 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, 5.9 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, and 1.5 blocks per game. The stat sheets were absolutely absurd and the trends are showing that Giannis will only increase those numbers as time moves on. He also led the Bucks to a 60-22 record and the number one seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs. They are currently in the conference finals against the Toronto Raptors and have only lost one of their ten playoff games so far. Let me also throw in that Giannis’ best teammate is Khris Middleton. Yes, Middleton was an all-star and has a lot of talent, but he is definitely not in the likes of Steph Curry, Jimmy Butler, or CJ McCollum, who are the second best players on their teams. Like I said, Milwaukee won 60 games this year behind Giannis. If Giannis spends his entire career as a Milwaukee Buck, there is a serious chance for him to do much more than what LeBron did in his years of NBA Finals runs.
LeBron got to the NBA Finals seven times in a row, but he did not have to face the talent that teams in the West have to go through and he did not have to go up against a healthy 76ers team, Celtics team or Kawhi Leonard. Giannis is currently going through that gauntlet and is exceeding expectations. This should have many people thinking that Giannis will run the East by himself for the next decade. If no teams can improve with what they got or if a game-changer like Kevin Durant chooses not to go to the Eastern Conference, the East will have to be renamed the Giannis Conference because that is how dominant he was going to be. I highly believe that Milwaukee will get even better talent around Giannis in the coming years, which will lead to a dynasty that wins championships as easy as the Golden State Warriors do. Giannis has a strong chance of beating LeBron’s consecutive Finals appearances if all goes to plan and should have more championship rings than LeBron by the time his career is over. I am very high on Giannis’ capabilities and I truly believe that he is an all-time great talent and 15 years from today, he will be up there as one of the greatest players to ever step on a basketball court, if not the greatest.