Giannis Antietekounmo is looking forward to the elite company with another big season


In the past 4 seasons, Giannis has earned 2 Kia MVPs, a championship, Finals MVP and Kia Defensive Player of the Year honors.


There are times in a player’s career when the hoop looks twice as wide, when the game comes easy, when wins roll in almost every night and championships follow. This is when he’s at his peak, and if he’s lucky, he’ll have Twin Peaks, where he’s enjoying a decade of dominance and a place among the all-time greats.

But before greatness can reach a decade, you must travel half a decade first.

This is where we find Giannis Antetokounmpo trying to put together five amazing seasons in a row. He got off to a solid start in that regard, averaging 31.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, and once again sat near the top of the NBA heap.

“He does everything the right way on and off the field, plays unselfishly, plays defensive end, changes games with rebounds, and passes the ball,” said Bucks coach Mike Bodenholzer. β€œHe has faith in the team and commitment of the team. Giannis is Giannis, he is so special and unique. We are all so grateful to be a part of this as he goes on his journey.”

In the last four seasons (2018-22), Giannis has earned a pair of KIA MVP, Championship, Finals MVP, and KIA Defensive Player of the Year awards. he is too Drop 50 pieces in the title-clinching game against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6, which was one of the greatest Finals performances ever. And arguably, had Khris Middleton been healthy, Antetokounmpo would have secured a second title last season.

With another great season, where will Giannis’ half-decade of all-time dominance put him? Well, since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, the league has seen a number of players crush it for five consecutive seasons. To be considered for this conversation, that player had to win at least one championship β€” many of which he has multiple titles β€” at least Regular Season MVP and Finals MVP. Even so, player resident He might not make the cut (sorry, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett).

Here’s what Antetokounmpo faces as he tracks his place in the half-decade’s history among these 10 (in no particular order):

Michael Jordan, 1988-93. It’s on the shortlist for players with multiple half contracts worth mentioning, forcing you to pick one. But in this stretch, Jordan won three MVP titles, three Finals MVP titles, three Finals MVP titles, led the NBA in scoring all five seasons, was named Defensive Player of the Year, and was crowned with two titles. That was probably the gold standard for half a decade and certainly a stretch of his account, when he became an icon and bigger than basketball because of all of the above, plus endorsements and “Space Jam” hit theaters in 1996. When the initials mention MJ from 1988-93, he was It means you were discussing Michael Jordan…or Michael Jackson. Either way, a pretty big deal.

Take a look at the legendary legacy of Michael Jordan.

LeBron James, 2011-16. Curiously, his half-decade of dominance began auspiciously. LeBron is still deeply scarred from his “decision” and an embarrassing defeat in the 2011 Finals to the Mavericks where he struggled. Then he had a tear. What followed was epic basketball: a Game 6 45-point, 15-rebound game to demolish the Celtics in the 2012 playoffs, dozens of highlights with the “Big Three” Heat and blazing playoff performances in his return to Cleveland and especially against the Golden State Warriors in 2012. 2016 when I bring Cleveland’s first championship. It all amounted to three titles, three finalists, and two MVPs, starting a cold-water debate about him being the greatest player of all time.

Larry Bird, 1983-88. Larry became a “Larry Legend” during this time, made even more impressive by the power of the era. Remember, this decade was arguably the golden age of the NBA, before expansion began to erode talent and before players moved frequently to free agency. It was hard for a player to outshine the others, given how great they are. But Bird won three in a row, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell for the honor, along with two titles and a Finals MVP final. for him Stealing against the Detroit Pistons And helping Dennis Johnson to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 1987 ranks among the greatest plays ever. for him Playoff with Dominic Wilkins In the ’88 Eastern Semi-Final he was a wizard; Bird came out on top in that, too. And then his grudge matches with Magic Johnson and the Lakers became set TV and changed the NBA forever.

Take a look at highlights and plays from Larry Bird’s NBA career.

Tim Duncan, 2002-07. This is where he has won three of his five titles, two of his three Finals MVPs and both MVPs. This is where Duncan was at the height of his life and his racism on both sides of the court. That’s when Duncan put the Spurs into one of the best runs ever and enabled the franchise to own the first decade of the 21st century. Although Duncan wasn’t statistically superior to the others on this list, his overall impact, especially in the postseason as he elevated his game, was undeniable. Yeah, from a style standpoint, let’s just say he didn’t sell any sneakers. But at this point in his career, all of San Antonio would insist on putting Big Fun into “The Big Fundamental.”

Look back at Tim Duncan’s illustrious 19-year NBA career that was filled with MVP accolades, Finals, championships, and more.

Shaquille O’Neal, 1998-2003. Diesel has held a full tank for these five seasons, all with the Lakers, starting right off the Shaq-Kobe dynasty and ending right after. He was younger and was quite active with Orlando from 1992-1996 but none the wiser, and while he won a title with Miami in 2006, it was clear he was on the decline by then. The Shaq Chief is perhaps the greatest powerhouse the NBA has ever seen, certainly since Chamberlain. Shaq won three titles, three Finals players, his only MVP (he’ll insist he should have had another title that went to Steve Nash) and the scoring title. And that only hints at how difficult it is to defend him without resorting to Hack-A-Shaq.

Relive the moments that made Shaq a powerhouse in the NBA.

Stephen Curry, 2014-19. This is the period when he changed the game, for better or worse, becoming an all-time great player. won a pair of MVP ( Unanimous first player MVP in NBA history), winning three of his four titles. Of course, his 3-point shooting (43% in this stretch) was epic and set him apart from all the other all-stars, active or retired. Although Curry won a title last season and his only Finals honor, and got off to another hot start this season at the age of 34, it’s hard to imagine him repeating what we’ve seen in these five legit seasons.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1976-81. He won three MVPs during this stretch, repeating what he did from 1971 to 1974 when he was a more dominant player (leading the league in scoring twice), primarily with the Bucks before joining the Lakers. (But that was before the merger, so it didn’t matter.) Later in his career, he’d won more championships than he had in that stretch. But Abdul-Jabbar wasn’t the best player on the Lakers in the mid-to-late 1980s…that was Magic Johnson. ’76-’81 was consistently great and served as the bridge that connected some fairly mediocre Laker teams to the beginning of the Showtime era.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s leading scorer, has won 6 NBA titles and 6 MVP of the league.

Moses Malone, 1978-83. Malone could not be left out as he won three MVPs during this time and reached the NBA Finals twice, winning the title after joining the Sixers in 1983. That first year with Philly was magical for many reasons. Malone came to the 76ers on Signing and trading deal as one of the first major free agent defections in the league. He then famously predicted that Philly would go “fo, fo, fo” in the playoffs (the Sixers actually lost one game in that round). He’d spent the previous four seasons with the Rockets, dragging a regular team through deep playoff runs. When Houston made its first NBA Finals in 1981, he made another famous prediction (that didn’t come true) when he bragged that he and “four guys from Petersburg, Virginia” could beat Larry Bird and the Celtics in that Series. Malone won four rebounding titles in those five seasons and finished second in the league in scoring (31.1 ppg) in 1981-82.

Julius Irving and Moses Malone led the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers to an amazing title.

Kobe Bryant, 2005-10. He really struggled the first two seasons in that stretch while dealing with teammates’ mediocrity and dismal results. However, Bryant was a unique force, hitting back-to-back titles (35.4 and 31.6), Masterpiece of 81 points and other amazing night feats that produced his only MVP season (2007-08). Then, once Pau Gasol arrived, Bryant took those feats into deep playoff runs, winning back-to-back titles and a pair of Finals MVPs. Freed from Shaquille O’Neal’s shadow during their dynasty at the start of the decade, Bryant was intent on establishing himself in the leading man role, and it’s safe to say he passed that test.

Take a look at the plays and moments that made Kobe Bryant such an iconic player.

Magic Johnson, 1985-90. The Magic was one of four players on this list to win three MVPs in five seasons, and was the number one player in the league, from a winning standpoint, in the latter half of the 1980s. He won three Finals MVP titles and was, of course, the heart and soul of Showtime when the Lakers changed the game and elevated the league. Johnson led the league in assists in back-to-back seasons and improved as an outside leader during this stretch, enough to take over the scoring role once Karim began to age and then retired.

Magic Johnson has won 5 NBA Championships and 3 MVP Awards during his Hall of Fame career.

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Sean Powell has covered the NBA for over 25 years. You can email him Here you find Archive it here and follow him Twitter.

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