By JERRY TAPP
With 147 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo
surpassed legendary big man Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
for the most points by a Milwaukee Bucks’ player in the first
four games of a season. Jabbar had 146 in the first
four games of the 1970-71 season.
Giannis’ 147 points was the seventh time in Bucks
history that one of their players had 115 or more
points in the first four games of a season. In
addition to the Green Freak’s 147 and Jabbar’s 146,
the others who reached the 115-point mark for the
Bucks in the first four games of a season: Jabbar,
1972-73, 142; Marques Johnson, 1978-79, 128;
Jabbar, 1974-75, 118; Ray Allen, 2001-02, 117;
and Michael Redd, 2005-06, 115.
Giannis also jumped into the Top 10 of the NBA’s
list of players with the most points in the first four
games of a season. His 147 gave him the 10th highest total in league history. He became the 15th player in NBA history to have 140 or more points in
the first four games of a season (it has been done
19 times since 1963-64). Michael Jordan (four
times) and Jabbar (twice) are the only players to do
it more than once in their careers.