Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
How will David Fizdale try to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo "You got a tractor? A tank? Obviously we can throw schemes at him and stuff like that. The guy is right now, to me, the best player in the league. He's playing at the highest level. You gotta throw the whole house at him."
Arguing with Fizdale seems fruitless, given how Antetokounmpo has played. Through 20 games, the 23-year-old is averaging 27.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks. Leading into the Knicks-Bucks battle Saturday, Antetokounmpo had also guided Milwaukee to a 15-6 record and second-place Eastern Conference standing.
Per Gilles Gallant of OddsShark, Antetokounmpo was also the clear NBA MVP favorite as of November 12 with +150 odds (bet $100 to win $150). Since that date, the sixth-year pro has gotten better, with 30.1 points on 62.0 percent shooting and 12.8 rebounds per night.
The scariest part of Antetokounmpo's game may be his offensive efficiency, as he's improved his field-goal rate from 52.9 to 57.7 percent since last season. While he isn't a threat from behind the three-point line, that's irrelevant given his significant impact in all other areas.
On defense, Antetokounmpo is eighth among 91 qualified power forwards in defensive real plus-minus, which may cement him as the game's best two-way player.
Given his youth, Antetokounmpo has time to develop further. Soon enough, there may be no debate regarding the league's best player.