Chris Paul and Giannis Antetokounmpo will face off in the NBA Finals in 2021, while the latter’s availability for the series is still in question.
Chris Paul and Giannis Antetokounmpo will seek to attain basketball immortality by being crowned champion for the first time in their careers when the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns face off on the league’s grandest stage.
or if the percentage is less than 100%. However, based on Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks could be more than simply Antetokounmpo’s team.
After hyperextending his knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer recently stated that Giannis Antetokounmpo is ‘day-to-day.’ The fact that his knee suffered no structural damage implies that the Greek Freak will be back on the court shortly. However, we don’t know when that will happen.
Meanwhile, Chris Paul is in the best shape of his career this far into the playoffs. After injuries hampered his team’s prospects of making the playoffs a few times earlier in his career, Paul is now on the verge of winning his first championship.
Who among Chris Paul and Giannis Antetokounmpo is more deserving of winning his first championship ring at the expense of the other? Let’s have a look at the scenarios for both players.
Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Deserves to Win the NBA Championship in 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have been banging on the door of the Finals for the past three seasons, only to be prevented the first two times. However, the third time was the charm, and they are now only four wins away from the grand prize.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is 26 years old and in his eighth season in the NBA, is at the prime of his career. He has already received the NBA’s highest individual prize twice at such a young age. Antetokounmpo is a two-time MVP who also won the All-Star MVP title this season. It would cap off the best three seasons of his young career if he played and won a championship while also being named Finals MVP.
He’s already a five-time All-Star and a five-time All-NBA team selection, as well as the Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, on the other hand, has been through a lot to get to where he is now with the Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks won the league’s best record two seasons in a row but failed to reach the NBA Finals both times. After failing to lead his club to the Promised Land in the previous two playoffs, the 6′ 11′ forward took a lot of flak.
Why Chris Paul is deserving of the NBA title in 2021
Chris Paul has won Rookie of the Year, All-Star MVP, four-time assist leader, six-time steals champion, nine-time All-Defensive Squad member, and ten-time All-NBA team selection during his long career.
Chris Paul would have reached the Finals much sooner if it hadn’t been for his fitness difficulties. Despite the fact that no one doubted his ability, Paul’s fitness always appeared to get in the way of his success.
When Chris Paul goes to a new team, that team gets better.
Before CP — .220 W%
After CP — .463 W%
Before CP — .390
After CP — .606
Before CP — .671
After CP — .793
Before CP — .598
After CP — .611
Before CP — .466
After CP — .720 pic.twitter.com/T14age0A6Y
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 8, 2021
While Giannis Antetokounmpo has received his fair share of criticism and hardships compared to Chris Paul, the Bucks star has had a fairly comfortable career. On the contrary, the 2021 NBA Finals represents Paul’s best opportunity to win a championship, and the 36-year-old wants nothing more than to get a taste of the championship champagne before his career is over.