Sports Illustrated has just released its annual Top 100 list of NBA players and named the ‘Greek Freak’ Giannis Antetokounmpo as the best player in the world, followed by Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James.
The popular publication has been picking the top 100 players since 2013 and this is the first time they chose a player other than LeBron as number one.
“No star player invests more into every possession than Giannis Antetokounmpo, which goes a long way for an unreasonably athletic 7-footer with real ingenuity. His give-a-s**t quotient is just off the charts. It’s what makes him the game’s most dangerous transition threat and, by extension, one of its most powerful defensive rebounders; there’s just no consistent answer for a player who can pull down a board over an opposing center, outrace most of the opposing team down the floor, and dunk off a stride from just inside the three-point line,” announced Sports Illustrated, adding “This is the future. This is Giannis’s world.”
Antetokounmpo who played for Greece at the FIBA World Cup in China over the last few weeks was also named NBA’s 2018-19 Most Valuable Player.