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Kobe Bryant challenges Giannis Antetokounmpo to be MVP

Milwaukee Bucks v Indiana Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 6, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Last season Giannis Antetokounmpo started to break out into NBA superstardom. At 22, Jason Kidd put the ball in his hands as a point forward and he responded with an All-NBA (and All-Star) season averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. Plus he made the NBA All-Defensive team. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award going away.

What’s next for the Milwaukee star? When Kobe Bryant was challenging a few NBA stars a few days back, Antetokounmpo said he wanted one. Kobe now responded.

I could see Antetokounmpo the MVP. Not likely this season, but down the line. First, the Bucks need to be better than a 42-win team for him to win it (last year Russell Westbrook won it on a 46-win team, and he averaged a triple-double for the season; usually the MVP’s team wins 55 games or more). More than that, Antetokounmpo has to develop a jump shot that would open up both his offensive game and his ability to set up teammates. Antetokounmpo has been All-NBA good, but MVP good is another level.

Lord help the other teams in the NBA when Antetokounmpo develops a reliable jumper, I’m not sure how you defend the Greek Freak then.