Giannis Antetokounmpo is having the best season of his career, averaging career-highs in points (27.5), rebounds (12.7), and assists per game (6.0), as well as field-goal percentage (58.0 percent). He is the frontrunner to win his first league MVP Award, and is a near-lock for All-NBA honors and likely Defensive Player of the Year consideration.
It’s almost hard to believe that Antetokounmpo didn’t start playing basketball until he was 13 years old, and he was a relative unknown when the Bucks took a flyer on him with the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but Antetokounmpo has gotten better every year he has been the in NBA, bolstered by his incredible work ethic. That work ethic was highlighted by Kobe Bryant, one of the more maniacal stars the league has seen, who had an opportunity to work out with the Bucks superstar over the offseason.
Antetokounmpo famously is against working out with players who are not his teammates during the summer because he finds it hard to be buddies with people he will play against later in the year, and he doesn’t want to give away any secrets of his game. But for a player so concerned with getting better, working with Bryant was an opportunity he could not turn down.