Key: Freak Out!
Even at age 32, LeBron James is still widely-regarded as the planet’s best basketball player. He finished outside the top three in last year’s MVP voting, but his postseason performance reaffirmed his rightful place on the throne.
And although Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t one of those three players that superseded Number 23 in the MVP voting, he’ll almost certainly be in the running starting this season and into the foreseeable future.
After leading the Bucks in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks last season, the Greek Freak – who turns 23 in December – took home the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last season.
On Wednesday night, he notched 16 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter as Milwaukee dropped Boston, 108-100.
The Freak was tremendous, but he’s not in King James’ strata just yet. In Tuesday’s opening night win over Boston, James led all scorers with 29 points and rebounders with 16 boards. He’s gone 9-3 against Milwaukee since coming back to Cleveland – 4-2 in Wisconsin – averaging 26.5 points, 8.7 boards and 6.5 assists per.