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Kevin Durant says Giannis Antetokounmpo can become "the best player ever"

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The Milwaukee Bucks are in good hands for the foreseeable future with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo leading their franchise.

The 'Greek Freak' enjoyed a career year last season as he incredibly led the Bucks in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals.

He posted 22.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.9 blocks per game and deservedly earned his first All-Star appearance.

In the recent annual general manager's survey, Giannis was among the top selections of players they would choose to start a franchise with today.

At just 22, Antetokounmpo is already one of the best players in the league and there's no telling just how much better he can be.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has often praised the Greece international and has huge admiration for his game.

In a recent Q&A video posted on his YouTube channel, KD reaffirmed his love for the athletic Bucks man and made a bold prediction about the level he can reach.

NBA All-Star Game 2017

"I like long, athletic guys," Durant said. "That's just who I am. The Greek Freak I think is a force, and I've never seen anything like him. And his ceiling is probably—he could end up being the best player to ever play if he really wanted to.

"That's pretty scary to think about. But he's by far my favorite player to watch."

Durant has been speaking about the Athens-born player on multiple occasions throughout the summer too.

The Milwaukee star took such an impressive leap last year that he was named as the Most Improved Player.

Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Game One

After scooping the award, Durant congratulated him by saying: "Congrats on MIP, this dude is a specimen that we've never seen before and it's guaranteed that he will be an MVP one day!" Durant wrote. "In fact, I called out this years MVP years ago so you gotta respect my knowledge for the game lol."

A few months ago, the reigning Finals MVP appeared on the Bill Simmons podcast and said that Antetokounmpo is more physically imposing than him.

"Look at Giannis. Giannis Antetokounmpo, this guy is scary. He's more athletic than I am. He's longer than me. He's faster. He's going to be stronger than I am," he said.

"... A lot of people told me he looked up to me, and I didn't know that, but a lot of people said that. We played in Milwaukee one time and I was working out before the game and I just saw him staring at me, just watching me the whole time. I was like it feels good that I can influence a young guy like that."

Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks

It's rare to see a player talk so glowingly about a fellow pro but it shows just how highly Durant rates his counterpart.

After leading his team to the playoffs last year, Giannis will look to do the same again and aim to see Milwaukee past the first round for the first time since 2001 and make a real statement in the Eastern Conference.

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks
Central Division
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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