Giannis Antetokounmpo, Your Eastern Conference Player of the Week

The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Giannis Antetokounmpo is the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 2-8.

In four games, beginning with Monday’s 82-75 win over Toronto, Antetokounmpo posted three double-doubles and averaged 19.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 blocks while shooting 63 percent from the floor. He set a career high with 25 points against the Lakers on Wednesday, only to top it with a 27-point, 15-rebound effort in Houston on Friday. Antetokounmpo closed out the week with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Saturday’s 96-93 win over Boston. The Bucks went 3-1 for the week and have won six of seven dating back to Jan. 27.

It’s the first Player of the Week award of Antetokounmpo’s young career. Milwaukee hasn’t had a player take home the award since Monta Ellis in March of 2013.

Antetokounmpo has shown increased assertiveness offensively of late, even flashing his still-developing jumper more than usual, but he credits something else entirely for the recent surge:

The sleeve! Of course, it’s gotta be the sleeve. And, more importantly, it’s great to see Giannis is as big of a Morris Chestnut fan as the rest of us. The sleeve first appeared on Antetokounmpo’s right arm – his wingspan makes it look more like an elbow sleeve – against the Lakers on Wednesday, so if we use #analytics and eliminate the Toronto game, sleeved-Giannis is averaging 22.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Small sample size? Maybe. But given what’s happened since Antetokounmpo started wearing the sleeve, he isn’t likely to take it off any time soon.

 

Milwaukee hosts the Nets on Monday night, against whom Giannis put up 18 points (7-11 FG), 12 rebounds. four assists and three steals on Nov. 19.

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2 Comments

  1. Great time to get this recognition, right before the All Star break. I am looking forward to the dunk contest this year. Make us proud, young Buck!

  2. First of many awards and recognitions to come. The Bucks and we fans have a future superstar on our hands.