Giannis Antetokounmpo: ‘Greek Freak’ sends warning to NBA rivals ahead of Bucks vs Pistons

The 24-year-old, known as the ‘Greek Freak’, is delighted the Bucks hold the top spot in the NBA at the beginning of the New Year and believes there is more to come.

“We have a big opportunity as a team , to accomplish big things this year,” Antetokounmpo said.

“So far I think our team can accomplish more, a lot more, be a lot better than what just the numbers says.

“I want my team to keep working hard and keep us pushing forward to get better.”

The Bucks, who are 25-10, will be looking to extend their three-game winning streak when they face the Pistons at home on Tuesday night.

Antetokounmpo will come into the game riding high as the 6’11” power forward was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from December 24-30 – an accolade he has won for the second consecutive week and the fourth time this season.

“Obviously to be number one in the East. I’m grateful for that,” Antetokounmpo said.


“I think we have a great team here, great people in the organisation.

“I have great team-mates and most importantly, I think we’re having fun, all together.

“So I’m really grateful that the atmosphere is so, so nice.

“When you start drinking coca-cola, you don’t like drinking generic coca-cola, you know. You know, you don’t go back.

“When you start winning, you don’t like losing.”

So far this season Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.6 points a game and is boasting a career-highs in both rebounds (12.8) and assists (6.1).

He’s also shooting a career-best 58.6 percent from the field.

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Going into this game the statistics don’t favour the Pistons.

They are 16-18 so far this season and have lost seven of their last 10 games.

As they travel to the Fiserv Forum in Wisconsin they will be very aware they have also lost 10 of their fifteen road games this season.

After Detroit’s last game, a 107-109 loss to the Orlando Magic, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said: You’ve got to make sure you do the IQ thing in the right situations, certain situations whether it’s on the defensive end or on the offensive end, if we’re serious about making the playoffs, being a playoff team or if we want to be pretenders.”

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