Giannis ranks third in NBA 2K20 ratings

The overall player ratings for top 20 players in NBA 2K20 were released Monday night. LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard lead the pack each receiving a 97 overall rating.

The reigning MVP and Milwaukee Bucks superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo comes in at third with a 96 overall rating.

Gamers will have to wait until Sept. 6 to play the game. Now, fans of the basketball video game franchise can begin to strategize which player they want to use the most.

Check out the full list of the top 20 players below:

1. LeBron James, 97

2. Kawhi Leonard, 97

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 96

4. Kevin Durant, 96

5. James Harden, 96

6. Stephen Curry, 95

7. Anthony Davis, 94

8. Paul George, 93

9. Damian Lillard, 92

10. Joel Embiid, 91

11. Kyrie Irving, 91

12. Nikola Jokic, 90

13. Russell Westbrook, 90

14. Klay Thompson, 89

15. Karl-Anthony Towns, 89

16. Jimmy Butler, 88

17. Kemba Walker, 88

18. Donovan Mitchell, 88

19. Rudy Gobert, 88

20. Blake Griffin, 88

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Giannis: ‘I think I am at 60 percent of my potential’

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the reigning NBA MVP and one of the most dominant players in the league. He averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists last season leading the Milwaukee Bucks to 60 wins and an Eastern Conference Finals berth.

At just 24 years old, he is arguably the best young player in the world. There are some “experts” that believe he is currently the best player in the game. However, Giannis doesn’t see it that way.

“There’s a lot of things I can improve on,” Giannis said to ESPN. “First of all, [I have to] look at myself before I look at anybody else. Try to self-improve as much as possible. There are a lot of things that I got to work on in my game.”

“A lot of people say, ‘You are the MVP, you are one of the best players in the league, you are so dominant. But I think I can get better. I think I am at 60 percent of my potential, as good as I can be. I just want to be better. If I am in the same situation again [in the conference finals], react better, play the game better, play better, execute better.”

The Bucks were the favorite entering the Eastern Conference Finals but fell to the Toronto Raptors in six games. That can be looked at as a positive going forward. Giannis and his teammates gained valuable experience they can build on next season.

“My goal is going to stay the same: It’s get better, take it day by day, step by step, and the ultimate goal is to win a championship,” Giannis said. “As long as that we are all on the same page and we are all focused on that goal, why not play for the Bucks 20 years, why not play 25 years? Why not, after playing, be a member of the coaching staff or a member of the front office? But we got to have the same goal. We got to have the same principles. … We got to focus on winning a championship.”

Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and George Hill are all returning to the Bucks going forward. Milwaukee also added veteran center Robin Lopez, veteran wing Wesley Matthews and the Thanasis Antetokounmpo. If the pieces are being built around Giannis, expect him to compete as a Buck.

“I want to be a part of a winning team,” Antetokounmpo continued. “As long as we have the same mindset and same approach to the game, there’s no reason for me to move and not be like Steph [Curry], not like be like Dirk [Nowitzki] or Kobe [Bryant] or Tim Duncan.”

To think that Giannis has just scratched the surface of the player he can be is crazy to think about. There is no doubt he has a few holes in his game, for instance, outside shooting. He has the drive and determination to continue to improve his game. The best part is, he wants to do it in Milwaukee.

The current landscape of the NBA has superstar players moving to different teams constantly. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will all be playing for a different team in the 2019-20 NBA season than the 2018-19 season. That doesn’t have to be the case for Giannis. It isn’t the case for Portland Trail Blazers’ star Damian Lillard.

Last season was a special year for the Bucks and next season could be even more special. This team will go as far as Giannis can take them.

July 14 is now Giannis Antetokounmpo Day in Milwaukee County

Giannis Antetokounmpo Day is here. The Milwaukee Bucks’ star has his own holiday in Milwaukee county. The county executive Chris Abele shared a photo on Twitter on Sunday.

“Giannis is an exceptional example of what Milwaukee and the Bucks stand for in terms of integrity and humility, indicating that he is more than just an excellent basketball player,” the postage read.

Giannis is coming off a season in which he won his first NBA MVP, leading the Bucks to a 60-win season and Eastern Conference Finals berth.

The Milwaukee Bucks are retooling as they look to make another deep playoff run next season. It will be a tall order to bring a championship to Milwaukee, but Milwaukee County’s government is confident Giannis will eventually bring one home.

Bucks agree to two-year deal with Thanasis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a two-year deal with Thanasis Antetokounmpo, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Thanasis is the older brother of 2019 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Add Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez, the Bucks will feature two pairs of brothers next season.

The contract will be guaranteed and is expected to pay Thanasis a total of $3 million. The 26-year old played in Greece with Panathinaikos the past two years. His last stint in the NBA came in 2015-16 with the New York Knicks.

He was drafted with the 51st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Knicks. He went on to make NBA D-League All-Defensive Teams in both 2014 and 2015. He shouldn’t be expected to have a big role with the Bucks, but the move will surely make Giannis happy.

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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo wins NBA MVP

The Milwaukee Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo has won the 2018-19 NBA MVP award.

Giannis joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in Bucks history to earn MVP honors.

The Greek Freak averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game leading the Bucks to the best record in the NBA at 60-22. He was a First Team All-NBA and First Team All-Defense selection. He earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors in Oct./Nov., December, February and March/April last season. Giannis also captained his All-Star team after receiving the most player votes, the second-most fan votes and tied for the second-most media votes among all players.

“We are beyond proud of Giannis for earning his first MVP award,” Bucks GM Jon Horst said. “This well-deserved honor is due to his relentless hard work and dedication in becoming the most impactful player in the NBA. Giannis propelled the Bucks to great heights last season with his leadership, drive and unselfish play. His grace on and off the court has made him one of the most admired players in the world. On behalf of ownership, the entire Bucks organization and Bucks fans everywhere, we congratulate Giannis for being named MVP.”

James Harden and Paul George were the two other finalists for the award. According to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, Giannis received 78 first-place votes, while Harden received 23. George did not receive any first or second-place votes.

An emotional Giannis took the stage to give one of the more memorable MVP speeches in history.

“Two years ago, I had the goal in my head that I’m gonna be the best player in the league,” Giannis said through tears. “And I’m gonna do whatever it takes to help my team win and I’m gonna win everything. Every day that I step on the floor, I always think about my dad, and that motivates me and it pushes me to play harder and move forward.”

You can watch his entire speech below:

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