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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Giannis Tops Kareem As Bucks’ All-Time Leading Scorer

  • Though they played in different eras, Giannis’ $39.3M AAV dwarfs Kareem’s $500,000 annual salary with the Bucks.
  • He’s now first in points and blocks (855) and second in rebounds (6,106) and assists (2,998) with four years left on his contract.
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With his stepback, game-tying three in Thursday’s thrilling OT victory over the Nets, Giannis Antetokounmpo passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most points in Bucks history (14,216). 

The Greek Freak is also the first Buck with consecutive 40-point games since Kareem did it in 1975. 

Like Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis has cemented himself as one of the greatest to wear a Bucks jersey: He’s first in points and blocks (855) and second in rebounds (6,106) and assists (2,998).

  • Though they played in different eras, Giannis’ $39.3M AAV dwarfs Kareem’s $500,000 annual salary with the Bucks. 
  • Giannis is on a five-year, $228 million supermax — the most in the NBA in total value, ahead of Steph Curry ($215M).
  • He still has four years left on his deal and can make $51.9M with his final-year option.

Giannis is tied with LeBron James for the scoring lead (30.1 PPG) — James is currently ineligible to win the title since he hasn’t met the 58-game minimum — and has an outside shot at winning his third MVP (+560). 

Meanwhile, the 2-seed Bucks (48-28) could be on their way to a second consecutive Finals if they continue to beat East contenders like the Nets.

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