“The Greek Freak” may not be an appropriate nickname for Giannis Antetokounmpo any more. It doesn’t fully encompass the broad range of his abilities, which have quickly gone from “how he’d do that?” to “oh, that’s not actually humanly possible” during the 2016-2017 NBA season. Last night, Anteteokounmpo provided another exhibit in the stack of mounting evidence that he’s not really from this planet.
On a fast break early in the first quarter of the Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Miami Heat, Antetokounmpo received a pass from teammate Tony Snell just before halfcourt, began running down the right side and took off for a dunk just inside the free throw line. During the time he was floating through the air, which felt like a year, Antetokounmpo found time to pump fake a Heat defender who was attempting to swat the ball away.
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In real time, the dunk, although amazing, feels like typical Giannis. But when you slow it down and look at where he actually left the floor, it doesn’t seem real. Look at these screenshots above and below. How does a human, even one of Antetokounmpo’s size, dunk from that spot? The basket seems miles away, and yet Antetokounmpo arrives there anyway, almost effortlessly.
The legend of Giannis Antetokounmpo, a secret alien sent here to destroy basketball rims, continues to grow at an exponential rate.