Television Personality and Undisputed analyst Skip Bayless breaks down Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Playoffs journey with the Bucks so far
There is no denying that Giannis is a generational talent. The former back-to-back MVP has put the Bucks franchise on the global map.
The Greek Freak is known to be one of the most destructive players in the paint. The 5x NBA All-Star is a nightmare for the basketball boards and rims.
However, Giannis has been unable to replicate his regular-season success in the Playoffs.
The Playoff drought of Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Milwaukee Bucks have struggled to make a mark in the post-season despite having a league superstar in Giannis with them. The Bucks have only made it to the conference finals once so far.
Skip Bayless, in a recent segment of Undisputed, touched upon the performance of Bucks in the past few years. The analyst stated a recurring pattern in their performances during the post-season.
This pattern had the Bucks either winning by a mile or getting blown out in case of a loss. Skip added by citing examples, of the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors in 2019.
“I’ve been driving the Nets bandwagon all year, and I’m going to continue to drive it right over the top of Giannis & company. I think the Bucks will get swept.” — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/L9wMZPl3Wv
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) June 10, 2021
This was quickly followed, by their sweep against the Miami Heat, to being down 0-2 against the Brooklyn Nets currently. These observations indicated a lack of consistency in the Bucks.
One of the major reasons for Giannis not performing during the Playoffs has been his inability to develop the jump shot. The NBA today is more guard-dominant than it ever was, making shooting an integral part of the game.
The former Defensive Player of The Year has averaged 23.8 PPG so far in the playoffs. This is low considering his regular-season PPG. Giannis is a dismal 29.2 % from the 3-point line during the Playoffs and 61.8% from the free-throw line.
The Milwaukee Bucks despite, adding the likes of Jrue Holiday and PJ Tucker, have clearly been outmatched by the offensive powerhouse of the Brooklyn Nets.