Despite the fact that Luka Doncic has been widely regarded as the NBA’s future face and Stephen Curry has just won the 2021–22 NBA championship and Finals MVP award, coaches, scouts, and executives do not believe that the Golden State Warriors point guard is currently the best in the league and that the Dallas Mavericks guard will be the best in five years.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, the standout player for the Milwaukee Bucks, is the sole recipient of both awards. Antetokounmpo was voted the league’s top player in a recent ESPN poll of 15 coaches, scouts, and executives. He received an overwhelming 11 votes, while Curry only received 3. LeBron James got only one.
The Bucks forward once again received the most votes when it came to who will be the best player in five years. Though he received seven votes to Doncic’s six, he wasn’t the clear favorite.
Giannis turning 32 in five years makes the vote more fascinating. Having said that, it’s very intriguing that many NBA executives still view him as dominant at a time when some are already showing signs of ageing.
However, it’s challenging to argue against those votes, particularly given that Giannis has consistently improved year after year despite having already attained the league’s highest rank. The Greek Freak is not only a two-time MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, but also an NBA champion.
It’s not difficult to imagine Giannis dominating the NBA for the next few years if he can stay healthy.