Nigerian-Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to be a great specimen of the future NBA player. His athleticism, basketball IQ and ability to play almost any position on the floor, makes him both a dream and a nightmare depending on which side of him you are.
His recent performances on the hardwood have landed him our African Player of the Week accolade for this week.
The 6-foot-11 forward at the Milwaukee Bucks is currently averaging a double-double and leading the team in points (28.7), rebounds (10.1), assists (4.7) and minutes per game (37.7), and is second in steals, blocks and field-goal percentage.
So far this season, Antetokounmpo is shooting 55.5 percent from the field, 27.4 percent from behind the arc and 78 percent from the charity stripe.
He started in all of four of Milwaukee’s games over the past seven days and scored in double digits in all of them. His standout performance was in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 110-103 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night, in which he had a 34-point, 12-rebound double-double.
The first honorable mention for this week goes to Congolese forward Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors, who has been putting up some impressive performances since joining the franchise just under a year ago.
The big man from Brazzaville is averaging 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, while shooting 49.4 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from 3-point range and 75.4 percent from the free-throw line.
He leads the Raptors in blocks per game, appeared in all of the team’s four games over the past week and kept his scoring in double digits. His top performance was in Toronto’s 129-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks last Saturday where he put up 21 points and grabbed five rebounds in 29 minutes on the floor.
The second mention this week goes to the Indiana Pacers’ starting point guard Nigerian-American Victor Oladipo. Since arriving at the franchise at the start of the season, he has had a great impact on the team which is now 21-20 and in eighth spot in the East.
His numbers include a team-leading 24.6-point average per game, 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and he is also leading the team in steals (1.9) and minutes per game with an average of 34.2.
He started all of the Pacers’ three games over the past seven days and put up double-digit points in all of them, with his best performance coming in Indiana’s matchup with the Miami Heat Wednesday night in which he had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
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By Kaunda Chama
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