After years of subpar performances and middle-of-the-pack finishes, the Bucks drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo hoping he would help them improve their standing in the East. With Giannis, they received much more than that.
Through six seasons, Giannis has become one of the best players in the NBA, averaging 27 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists during the 2018-19 campaign.
So when Bucks GM Jon Horst confirmed that the team will offer him a full five-year max extension, it came as a shock to nobody.
“The answer, for now, is that we can’t negotiate anything. So Giannis, basically a year from now will be eligible for a supermax extension. At that time, of course, he will be offered a supermax extension," Horst told Fox Wisconsin.
A supermax deal would pay Giannis roughly $247 million over five years. But is the Greek Freak really worth it?
The major hole in his game has been consistent since the day he entered the NBA: shooting. For as good as Giannis is around the rim, he struggles to make a shot beyond 15-feet.
Still, he is only 24-years-old and is doing more for his team than most can even imagine. And now, as they shoot for an NBA Championship, they hope to keep him around for years to come.