Stephen A. Smith doesn’t believe Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the NBA, yet. Although, he believes that the Greek Freak will be there soon.
“Dominance doesn’t equal best,” said Smith during ESPN’s First Take, “Because you’re bigger and stronger than everyone else doesn’t mean that your skill set is [better].”
Smith says he “doesn’t believe” how anyone could put Antetokounmpo ahead of Durant. According to Smith, Durant could average the same amount of points as Antetokounmpo while having more moves on offense.
Antetokounmpo has made great strides to put himself near the top of the crop, and as one of the best players in the NBA, he was named as an All-Star captain this season.
“When have we seen Giannis get passed the first round,” said Smith about Antetokounmpo’s playoff history. Without any experience in the playoffs, it’s impossible to gauge where Antetokounmpo stands among the NBA’s best.
Smith says that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis are all better than Antetokounmpo, but it seems that the Greek Freak will soon find his way to the top. He is averaging 27.4 points and 12.5 rebounds this season and is looking to make big noise during the postseason with a nearly unstoppable Bucks team.
Antetokounmpo may have to earn Smith’s respect, and that will begin by winning in the playoffs this season.