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Giannis Antetokounmpo believes he can become the MVP this season and on the evidence of his performance against the Boston Celtics last night, it's certainly a possibility.

The Greek Freak helped the Milwaukee Bucks secure an opening night victory against the Celtics by putting up an impressive double-double of 37 points and 13 rebounds at TD Garden.

He shot an efficient 13-of-22 from the field, 11-of-13 from the charity stripe and added three assists and three steals in 37 minutes of action.

If this is a sign of things to come this year, the lengthy small forward will take some stopping and put his name in the MVP conversation alongside the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and others.

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Antetokounmpo was a force on both ends of the floor and proved too much to handle for Boston who had no answer for him.

The All-Star even added a number of highlight plays on the night with some stunning trademark dunks. Unfortunately for Celtics center Aaron Baynes, he was on the end of several.

In the play of the night, Giannis threw down a vicious alley-oop which ridiculously turned into a poster on Baynes.

The big Australian is a shot blocker, but was never going to stop the Bucks star from slamming the ball home on any occasion.

Unlike most superstars in the league at present, Antetokounmpo doesn't have another All-Star on his team and thrives in being the leader of the franchise.

The 22-year-old continues to leave fans in awe with his displays and it's now unfair to call him the future of the NBA as he's very much among the best players in the league today.

Head coach Jason Kidd says he always has high expectations of his Greek star and he continues to exceed them.

“We always hold the bar high for Giannis," Kidd said. "For his opening day performance he set the bar high now and we’re going to hold him to that."

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As well as his scoring output, last season's Most Improved Player made a huge assist for Matthew Dellavedova to hit the three-pointer that sealed the win.

The All-NBA star will come face to face with one of the MVP favourites in LeBron when the Bucks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday for their first home encounter of the season.

Many consider Giannis as the heir to James as the world's best player when he retires, but he's ready to show that he can rub shoulders with him now.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Boston Celtics
Atlantic Division
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks
Central Division
Khris Middleton
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers

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