Giannis Antetokounmpo stayed loyal to the team that drafted him, and now the Bucks are NBA champions.
“It’s easy to go somewhere and win a championship with somebody else,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after clinching. “I could go to a superteam, do my part, and win a championship … but I did it the hard way.”
The hard way was a legendary, 50-point masterpiece in which he dominated the entire game:
In 2014, a year after being selected No. 15, Giannis vowed to stay in Milwaukee until it was a “championship-level team.”
Add in key role players Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis, and Pat Connaughton — all Bucks next season — and it’s not hard to imagine a back-to-back champ.