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Gregg Popovich on Giannis Antetokounmpo: "He's become a leader and now plays to destroy you"

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Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his terrific start to the season by adding the San Antonio Spurs to the list of teams he's dominated so far.

The Greek Freak dropped 28 points and 12 rebounds and led the Milwaukee Bucks to an impressive 94-87 win at the AT&T Center on Friday night.

The fourth-year man is averaging career-highs across the board with 31.5 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

His display helped the Bucks snap a four-game losing streak in one of the toughest places to win.

Last year, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Antetokounmpo had learned all the necessary traits needed to become a star in the NBA and was full of praise for the youngster after the game too.

"You'd have to say he's become very confident and gained both skill wise and awareness of the game steadily each year," Popovich said. "He's become a leader, he knows what he can do and he plays now to destroy you."

Pop also added that it was "wonderful" to see the 22-year-old play and is another in a long list of admirers he has.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The long and athletic Antetokounmpo is the early season favourite for the MVP award and will be a serious candidate is he continues to post these incredible numbers throughout the year and guides his team to a high finish in the east.

Giannis' game was made a lot easier against the Spurs thanks to the debut of Eric Bledsoe who added a new dimension to the Milwaukee team almost immediately and made them play at a faster pace.

The point guard put up 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds in his first outing with the team since securing a trade from the Phoenix Suns earlier in the week.

"It was good. It's really easy to play with him because you know he's going to find you," Antetokounmpo said. "He's going to make the right play, so it's fun to play with him."

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

Bledsoe's acquisition adds more talent around the All-Star and will help to give him more space on the floor to operate and to make moves off the ball.

Despite his young age, the All-NBA star is the face of the Bucks franchise and has taken on the responsibility of leading the team.

The rest of the league currently has no answer for the superstar and his outstanding form doesn't appear to be letting up anytime soon.

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Milwaukee Bucks
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Eric Bledsoe
Phoenix Suns
Pacific Division
Western Conference
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Kawhi Leonard

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