The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. That was not the best thing that happened Wednesday night.
We know that wins are icing on top of the Giannis Antetokounmpo cake this season. When you finish your dinner and tune into the Bucks each night they play, your dessert is watching his development. At the end of the night, it’s his line that eyes immediately dart to in the box score.
His line on Wednesday night was a treat for your eyes. 25 points on 10-14 FG with six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. He had a new career high, though he’s been progressing so fast, Jason Kidd told reporters after the game, “I don’t think this will be his career high for long.”
Jason Kidd is all knowing. Here we are, just days later, and Giannis has a new career best scoring night. Against the Rockets Giannis put together a line that blows away the line that blew us away on Wednesday. On a night where he scored 27 points on 11-16 shooting, he also grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out four assists and had a highlight block.
Especially cool was Giannis stepping outside of his literal comfort zone in the paint. He made three 19-foot jump shots and appeared to take them without hesitation. That’s the next step in the evolution of this basketball monster. If he’s taking and making those, as he’s done a bit the last two games, these bigger scoring nights may start to happen with more frequency. And this isn’t even just a one or two night thing. I pulled some numbers from NBA.com/stats and, while the samples are still low, Giannis is actually getting better and a bit more aggressive (this month at least) from 15-19 feet:
I don’t know why those specific cells decided to be highlighted, but let’s just roll with it and assume it has something to do with Giannis getting so good that Excel and WordPress can’t quite figure out how to format his numbers. HE DOESN’T FIT INTO YOUR BOXES, VARIOUS PROGRAMS!
Enjoy the video. Enjoy the kid. Enjoy the highlights. Enjoy the season.