According to the market’s DPOY betting odds* the next player to factor in the running for Defensive Player of the Year this season a current NBA champion. Let’s take a look at Giannis Antetokounmpo odds
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 power forward – Milwaukee Bucks
Defensive Player of the Year betting odds = 8.50
So right upfront, we have to say that we’re huge fans of the Greek giant Giannis Antetokounmpo here at The Jump Hub.
He was in the running for MVP and features here again with Defensive Player of the Year betting odds that do not give a true impression of his awesome statistics.
When we use our points system to analyse his numbers he literally blows away the other 6 players in this list.
It is important to note that, due to injury, Antetokounmpo played only 61 games in the NBA last season.
In comparison with the top 7 favourites (according to their DPOY betting odds), Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a superb 10.3 total field goals (FG) per game last season.
He attempted more than any player here (by a fraction over Embiid) with 18.
Backed up those attempts with an accuracy of 57% that puts him joint 2nd (behind the astonishingly accurate Rudy Gobert)
GIANNIS 3 POINTER STATS
Antetokounmpo is a power forward who is not afraid to take the occasional pot-shot at a 3-pointer (3.6 attempts per game) and converting 30% of them.
That doesn’t sound like a lot but in the modern game, long-range shooters are becoming more and more sought after.
It is a skill that not all players possess, or are confident to attempt, so we give kudos to the big man for his limited prowess here.
And that’s not his best feature by a long shot folks (pun intended) Antetokounmpo killed it with an average of 14.4 attempted 2-pointers last season and converted 64% of them to equal 9.2 per game.
That’s some pretty huge scoring there from the 6’11” (2.11m) 26-year-old.
Need more points to be impressed? Don’t forget to add 6.5 free throws off 9.5 attempts per game too.
We’re not exaggerating when we say that Giannis Antetokounmpo is a scoring machine.
When we take into account that we’re analysing the players here in terms of their defensive prowess it’s worth taking a step back to admire those numbers.
With an average score of 28.1, he tallies more per game than even the all-time greatest power forwards in NBA history.
GIANNIS 3 REBOUND STATS
When we look at his ability to claim rebounds Antetokounmpo doesn’t get many offensively (1.6) in comparison to some of the others here (Gobert got 3.4 per game)
He makes up for it with defensive rebounds and still ends up 3rd from 7 overall with 11.
2nd in assists (5.9) 3rd in steals (1.3) The numbers on this guy just keep coming. He seems to be doing all jobs at once on the court.
In terms of negative stats, the Greek turns the ball over a little too frequently and makes quite a few fouls (3 and 2.8 respectively), but by now the damage to the opposition is done.
He more than makes up for it in the sheer grinding, relentlessly successful hunt for points.
At The Jump Hub, we are surprised not to see Giannis Antetokounmpo odds the runaway favourite according to his DOPY betting chances.
As far as we’re concerned he’s the player to beat in almost every category that matters. Stand well back and prepare to be amazed.
CATEGORIES WHERE ANTETOKOUNMPO EXCELLED:
Minutes played (MP) – 33
Field Goals (FG) – 10.3
Field Goals Attempted (FGA) – 18
FG Percentage (FG%) – 57%
3-Pointers (3P) – 1.1
3-Pointers Attempted (3PA) – 3.6
2-Pointers (2P) – 9.2
2-Pointers Attempted (2PA) – 14.4
2-Pointer Percentage (2P%) – 64%
Free Throws (FT) – 6.5
Free Throws Attempted (FTA) – 9.5
Defensive Rebounds (DRB) – 9.4
Assists (AST) – 5.9
CATEGORIES WHERE HE FELL BEHIND:
Turnovers (TOV) – 3.4
Player Fouls (PF) – 2.8
*The voting for DPOY is based on the individual’s personal criteria and preferences so this kind of assessment can only go so far towards predicting any outcome.
Clearly, the stats do not tell the whole story of a player, they are more a guide to certain aspects of his game and where he excels or lacks focus.