Survey of NBA coaches, execs shows Giannis, Bucks as favorites in 2022-23
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A new ESPN survey shows Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is not only the best player in the NBA, but will be for years to come.
A panel of 15 NBA coaches, scouts and executives gave their thoughts on a variety of topics heading into the 2022-2023 NBA season, and it was filled with a lot of positive things to say about the Greek Freek and the Bucks. Here's where they ranked in a few of the categories.
- Who is the best player in the NBA right now?
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (11 votes)
- Stephen Curry (3 votes)
- LeBron James (1 vote)
"He's healthy, you can put the ball in his hands or play off the ball as a screen-and-roll guy, and his defensive effectiveness," a Western Conference scout told ESPN when speaking of Antetokounmpo. "I think Durant is the most talented guy because of his shooting and scoring ability, [but] Giannis' will, the human, the winner, the mentality, the everyday effort, raising the effort of guys around him...it's hard to top that."
- Who will be the best player in the NBA in five years?
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (7 votes)
- Luka Doncic (6 votes)
- Jayson Tatum (3 votes)
"Every time you think he's reaching a limit, he shatters it," a West executive told ESPN. "Why [wouldn't you] expect him to keep doing it?"
- Who will be MVP this season?
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (5 votes)
- Luka Doncic (4 votes)
- Joel Embiid (4 votes)
- Stephen Curry (1 vote)
- Ja Morant (1 vote)
- Who wins the East finals?
- Milwaukee Bucks (7 votes)
- Boston Celtics (7 votes)
- Miami Heat (1 vote)
- Who wins the NBA Finals?
- LA Clippers (5 votes)
- Milwaukee Bucks (4 votes)
- Boston Celtics (4 votes)
- Golden State Warriors (2 votes)
DraftKings Sportsbook has Giannis (+600) only behind Luka Doncic (+450) for NBA MVP favorite, and give the Bucks an over/under of 52.5 wins during the regular season, trailing just the Boston Celtics at 54.5.