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While the basketball world seems transfixed on the future of Anthony Davis, specifically, if/when he is traded to the Los Angeles Lakers to pair with LeBron James, another of the NBA’s brightest young stars has zero interest in following that lead.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks believes he and his teammates are a contender to win the NBA championship right now.
“We definitely got a shot,” he told Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.
Speculation swirls around Anthony Davis' future.
Next year, it will be Giannis Antetokounmpo's turn.
That's today's NBA, where the wheels of change are constant.
But what if Giannis is ready to break the wheel?https://t.co/oDHAXpfQjj
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) December 19, 2018
Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 blocks per game this season, and says the idea of playing on a superteam is of no interest to him, especially with the way Milwaukee is playing this season.
The Bucks have the second-best record in the NBA (22-9), 1.5 games behind East-leading Toronto (25-9), heading into play Saturday. Milwaukee has won four consecutive games, tied for the longest active streak with the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns.
“Definitely. I feel like we definitely got a shot,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think now we have the talent. It’s just in our hands to put the effort and energy into every game, and we definitely have a shot.”
But Antetokounmpo seems completely not interest in the superteam concept and doesn’t believe he needs to be part of one, either.
“You don’t have to have a lot of [stars],” he said. “I definitely think that, because I think we have great pieces in this team, and every guy in this team knows what his role is and is having fun and is enjoying his role. And that comes from the coach. You know, if the coach gives you confidence, gives you the green light and tells you what your role is and you accept it as a player, and you’re happy with it, that’s big for every team. I don’t think anybody on this team wants to do more, wants to do less.”
Which is just the way Antetokounmpo likes it as the Bucks head for a Christmas Day matchup against the New York Knicks (9-25) at high noon.
“When you have a team like that, all the guys play hard,” he said. “And definitely, we can be a team that just come out of nowhere, because nobody expect(s) the Milwaukee Bucks to win the East. Or to have this start that we have so far.
“But we gotta keep getting better.”