Giannis overtakes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Bucks’ all-time goalscoring list

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the new all-time leading scorer in Milwaukee Bucks franchise history by overtaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It was only a matter of time, but it finally happened as Giannis Antetokounmpo eventually overtook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the all-time leading scorer in Milwaukee Bucks franchise history.

Antetokounmpo, in his ninth season with the franchise, is averaging a career-best 30.1 points per game. While Abdul-Jabbar has amassed all of his Milwaukee numbers over the course of six seasons, consider that he was the undisputed top high school player in the country and collegiate talent, arriving from UCLA as Lew Alcindor. He also had the biggest unblockable shot.

When Antetokounmpo was asked if he could surpass an NBA icon like Abdul-Jabbar in Bucks history, Antetokounmpo said on the podium Thursday night, “It’s good because I’m changing the narrative. I don’t want to be the guy who just dives and runs. I can do a three.”

Antetokounmpo is a two-time league MVP and the reigning NBA champion’s best player. At just 27, he’s just entering his prime as a pro for the Milwaukee franchise.

Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts to passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Bucks scoring

There’s so much to unpack when Antetokounmpo stands alone on Milwaukee’s mountaintop. No buck has done and will ever do better at getting buckets than him. This is a franchise record for longevity and growth. Antetokounmpo won’t be the first player to have spent his first 10 seasons with a franchise, and he certainly won’t be the last. However, this is something special.

Abdul-Jabbar was the biggest player in franchise history for decades before Antetokounmpo arrived in Wisconsin. He may have only had six seasons with the team, but he was absolutely sensational. Who else can take an Expansion-era team to the NBA Finals and win it in three seasons? Oscar Robertson was of course also instrumental in making this possible.

As for Antetokounmpo, he has grown from a lanky boy from Athens who played in Greece’s second tier to arguably the best player of our time. He has evolved not only as a player but also as a person. Milwaukee is his home for him. We’re looking at possibly one athlete who will be more popular with Wisconsinites when he retires than Brett Favre.

Antetokounmpo may not surpass Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time NBA top scorers list, but this is a huge step in the right direction for him. Giannis overtakes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Bucks’ all-time goalscoring list

John Verrall

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