Giannis Antetokounmpo: the man that can change the face of the NBA forever

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But in an NBA where the floor has never been stretched so far and backcourts seem to dominate from behind the key, a giant's impact on the game has seemingly waned from the days of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and, hell, even Shaquille O'Neal.

Antetokounmpo is the hybrid that defies that notion and any other default perceptions one might have had about a big man within the game.

In the 14 games since the All-Star break, the Athens-born star is averaging 20 points on 50% shooting, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and two pairs of blocks and steals a night.

The number 34 tallied 28 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in the rout of the struggling Nets and that is his fourth triple-double since the All-Star break. Antetokounmpo had never recorded a stat-stuffing night in his two-and-a-half professional years prior to those.

Elias Sports Bureau reported that no other player in Bucks history has registered as many points, rebounds, and assists over a 12-game span as Antetokounmpo. No one. That includes all-time greats like Oscar Robertson and Abdul-Jabbar.

His recent penchant for triple-doubles as the point of the Bucks offence has created franchise history, too. The last Milwaukee man to record a triple-double? That would be his coach, Jason Kidd.

Kidd - himself a point guard during his playing days - has spoken glowingly of Antetokounmpo's efforts to bring out the best in his game.

"We know what it's done internally but also growing as a leader on this team," Kidd said. "When you have the responsibility of four other guys on the floor, making sure everybody gets involved, you have to use your voice or you use the pass.

"He's learning how to do both of those."

Magic Johnson is often revered as the greatest point in the history of the game. The former Lakers stalwart stood at 6'9" and his reach was said to be a primary part of his expansive arsenal, if not the base of it.

It's honestly not too far-fetched to say that Antetokounmpo has the tools to influence games in the same fashion that Johnson once did. There's almost no precedent for someone of the Greek's size in the backcourt with the capabilities he possesses.

The fact that the 15th pick in the 2013 draft is so dynamic in possession opens up a bounty of opportunities to him when he's in control of the rock. Every time he drives at his opponents, they either can't stop him or he creates great looks for his teammates while they try.

Antetokounmpo is a young prodigy that can literally play any position on the court. He's exhibiting career highs this year in every aspect of his game, and they go right across the board affecting both ends of the court.

It would seem many teams are still working out how to cope with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors; is Antetokounmpo the next problem that will stump the NBA?

He can redefine the idea of a point guard if the last month is anything to go by.

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