It remain to be seen whether Giannis Antetokounmpo will be better than last season.
After all, it’s hard to imagine the Milwaukee Bucks’ young star playing at a much higher level or doing much more for his team than he did during the 2016-2017 campaign. He did lead the Bucks in virtually every major statistical category, including points, rebounds and assists.
What we do know now, however, is that the Greek Freak is stronger, noticeably stronger. And he’s heavier, although that isn’t as noticeable as his added weight is nicely distributed over his taut 6-foot-11 frame.
“I had a lot of water, a lot of good food, a lot of my momma’s food,’’ Antetokounmpo responded when asked how he gained his weight this summer.
The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo said his playing weight last season was 222 pounds. He reported to training camp several weeks ago at 238 pounds but said he’s since dropped about five pounds.
Antetokounmpo said his rationale for increasing his weight was to become even more athletic and “I’ll be able to push guys around easier. I feel a lot better.’’
Granted, the regular season has yet to commence but Antetokounmpo has looked exceptional in practice and the Bucks’ most recent preseason game against the Bulls.
Bucks veteran center Greg Monroe said Antetokounmpo appears poised for another blockbuster season, adding the latter has even improved on his one glaring weakness.
“Giannis looks like he’s got better, which is scary,’’ Monroe said. “Just overall. His jump shot is the main thing; that is probably the only thing he had to work on.
“He’s definitely stronger; he’s playing a more physical game.’’