When we think of great NBA duos, a few names come to mind:
Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Kobe Bryan and Shaquille O’Neal.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
I must preface this article by clearly stating I don’t always make predictions. But in the past, I predicted Marcus Mariota to win the Heisman Trophy, Stephen Curry to win the MVP and when LeBron James decided he was going back to Cleveland, I wrote that they would lose in the finals his first year back and win in his second year. I say this not to impress anyone but to impress upon you, that I sometimes see things before they happen. Right now, the best duo in the NBA is 22-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo and 21- year- old Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks. Not only, will these two be the best combo in a few years, they will be better than Jordan and Pippen.
Giannis, or the man they call the “Greek Freak,” leads the Bucks in 5 major categories, He is averaging 23.4 points, 9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. He is also shooting almost 80% from the free throw line. He is 6-11 and has bulked up from last year. He weighs about 2228lbs and should be get up to 240-250lbs as he matures. Matthew Dellavedova is the team’s starting point guard but make no mistake about it, Giannis runs the offense. No disrespect to Jordan, but the “Greek Freak” is doing things that he couldn’t do. Everyone in the league is talking about Russell Westbrook and James Harden and rightly so. But, let’s not forget about what Giannis is doing. At 21 years, old he is one of the most complete players to ever play the game, and he is only getting better. If he played in any other city other than Milwaukee, he would be a household name.
Parker is now just getting healthy and his play has been spectacular. With each passing game, he is getting stronger and learning the intricacies of the NBA. He is averaging 20 points 6 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He is improved on his three-point shooting from last year as well. He is shooting 38% from behind the arc. He is 6-8 250lbs and will continue to get stronger. He can guard power forwards and shooting guards as well. With Giannis and Parker’s length, size, strength, and athleticism they can be elite defenders and dominant offensive players.
The Bucks are 14-14, within 3 years the Bucks will be a legitimate threat to win the NBA Title. As long as these two “young guns” stay healthy, the sky is the limit. I predict they not only win a championship but become the best duo in the history of the NBA. Remember when critics mocked Jason Kidd for leaving the Brooklyn Nets to go coach the Bucks? He made the right choice.
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