Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world

Tonight, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have a chance to end the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the best streak of this year’s postseason so far – and by a wide margin. In the Bucks’ stunning comeback in Game 5 Wednesday in Boston, Antetokounmpo torched the league’s best defense with 40 points (16 of 27 from the field) and 11 rebounds, bringing his three-game averages to 38.7 points , 13.7 rebounds and brought 5.3 assists with second-top scorer Khris Middleton sidelined.

It was already clear who was the best basketball player in the world. This series is just a showcase for anyone who wasn’t watching.

Last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals seemed to cement Kevin Durant’s claim to the status of the best player in the world. Even after Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bucks over the nets in Game 6 and followed that up with 40 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in the overtime win in Brooklyn in Game 7, the two-time NBA MVP Durant declared – who scored 48 points and hit an epic last-second shot in regulation while carrying the injury-damaged nets – was on a different level.

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks battle for position during a game on March 31, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
A year after Giannis Antetokounmpo hailed Kevin Durant as the best player in the world, it’s the two-time Bucks MVP who has a chance to win a second straight championship while the Nets superstar is already in the offseason.
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“He’s the best player in the world,” said Antetokounmpo. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world


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