Giannis Antetokounmpo thrilled by Dirk comparisons

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is delighted to be compared to Dirk Nowitzki (NBA/Getty Images)

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is thrilled to be compared to Dirk Nowitzki.

The Greek Freak has been compared to his fellow European star by current Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who played with the German during his time at Dallas.

Despite playing in a different fashion to Dirk, Antetokounmpo is still delighted to be compared to such a legend of the game.

“Dirk Nowitzki is the best European player for me that ever played the game. He’s unbelievable.

“The things that Dirk has done for this league and for the Dallas Mavericks are unbelievable. Jason Kidd was a teammate of Dirk’s, and for Jason Kidd to compare me with Dirk Nowitzki, it feels nice.

“It’s a nice compliment. But I have to keep my head down and try to do what I do. Keep working hard and try to get better because I think I have a long way [to go] to do what Dirk did for the league.”

Antetokounmpo: The Best international player in the NBA?

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo goes to the basket.

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo goes to the basket. (NBA/Getty images)

The Bucks 21-year-old has been hugely impressive since joining the NBA. Selected as the best international player in the league during the 2016-17 NBA.com GM survey, he’s quickly become one of the most exciting players to watch.

However, despite his youth, it’s clear that the exciting point forward is keeping his head on his shoulders.

“And then, about the Best International Player in the league, it is just your opinion from the GMs.


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“It’s a nice compliment, but I think I have a long way to go. I think I could get a lot, a lot, a lot better. So I just have to keep working hard and keep listening to my teammates and coaching staff.”

The Bucks next face the Miami Heat, before they host the Golden State Warriors.

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Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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