Key: It’s All Greek
If you took a poll of the Eastern Conference’s three MVP candidates three games into the season in no particular order, the first scored 57 points on Friday night, the second was already mentioned atop KeyBank Key No. 2 and the third will start at forward for Milwaukee tonight.
Like LeBron, however, “forward” is an elusive label. Like the King, Giannis Antetokounmpo simultaneously every position and no position on the floor, and this year he’s continued to fulfill all expectations.
Right now, the Greek Freak is the NBA’s leading scorer at 31.0 ppg. In Friday’s loss to the Pistons, the Freak notched 29 points, his eighth game this season with at last 28 – one of those coming back on October 20, when he went off for 34 points, eight boards, eight assists, three steals and a block.
And while Antetokounmpo is seeking his first MVP award, LeBron is trying to win his fifth – first since 2013 – and his blast from the past on Friday night didn’t hurt. LeBron has been extremely efficient from the floor all season, shooting .608 through the first 10 games, and he was very good despite the loss on Sunday, finishing with 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting to go with a game-best 13 assists, five boards and pair of blocks.
It’ll be another excellent battle between two of the game’s best.