Giannis, Jokic, Doncic headline ESPN’s top 100 NBA list

Previewing the 2022-23 NBA season, ESPN revealed the top five players of the upcoming season and the last three to come off the list were Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic.

Joel Embiid and Stephen Curry were the other two names in the top-5 of the ESPN list, Doncic ranked third after leading the Dallas Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals vs the Warriors.

Nikola Jokic was second Giannis due to his historically good MVP season campaigns he had despite the Nuggets’ playoff shortcomings. On Thursday, ESPN placed Kevin Durant at the number 8 and LeBron James at the number 6, propelling plenty of discussions.

According to ESPN here is the reason Giannis Antetokounmpo is ranked 1st:

“From the pure consistency and the reliable dominance each night from Antetokounmpo, his claim on the status as best player in the world has only been strengthened in the past year. Arguably no player in the league can match his impact on both ends of the floor,” ESPN piece reads.

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“To follow up winning his first Finals MVP, Antetokounmpo challenged for the scoring title, averaging 29.9 points (third in the NBA), while grabbing 11.6 rebounds, dishing out 5.8 assists with 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game.

Even though Milwaukee was without its second-best player, Khris Middleton, during their second-round playoff series against Boston, the Bucks extended the series to seven games on the will of Antetokounmpo, who averaged 31.7 points, 14.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists in the postseason.”

Coming off strong performances in the EuroBasket 2022, where he was voted in the best five players of the tournament, the Milwaukee Bucks superstar is hoping to lead his team to its third NBA title in its history.

 

 

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