The Greek Freak doesn’t know how unbelievable he is — but Kobe does

One of these two is the NBA's past. Is the other the future?
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Now in his third season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo is still just scratching the surface of his potential as an NBA player. In fact, you might have forgotten about the Greek Freak after he burst onto the scene a little over a year and a half ago.

After all, he’s yet to emerge as even a centerpiece for the young Bucks, let alone becoming a superstar on the national stage. Yet if you’re ready to write off Anteotokounmpo, you might want to pump the brakes once you read what Kobe Bryant had to say about the Greek Freak:

Also unbelievable is the fact that Antetokounmpo just recently celebrated his 21st birthday in December. For reference, he’s actually a week younger than Los Angeles Lakers second-year big man Julius Randle, despite having more NBA experience.

Despite his tepid numbers from year to year, Antetokounmpo has undoubtedly improved by leaps and bounds. He’s more comfortable and confident on the floor, and it’s that confidence that will determine how high the Greek Freak’s ceiling really is. When he hesitates, even for a second, he and the Bucks are doomed. When he plays unencumbered and trusts his instincts, things flow freely and he does things like this:

Or this:

Or even this in the open court:

Still, Antetokounmpo would agree with Kobe; the Bucks wing admits he doesn’t know how good he is — or whether a superstar like Kobe even knew who he was:

Milwaukee should thank Bryant, then. If Antetokounmpo was lacking in confidence before, a shout-out by the Black Mamba should do wonders for his self-esteem.