Before the end of the 2022 regular season, Giannis Antetokounmpo passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Milwaukee’s all-time leading scorer. But, does this mean that Giannis is the best scorer to ever wear Buck’s uniform?
For one, Giannis needed 189 more games to surpass this mark, which is due in large part to Kareem’s dominance over his first three years, averaging 28.8 as a rookie before leading the league his second and third season, while Giannis continuously developed into the player he is today, averaging 12.2 in his first three years.
At the same time, however, Giannis’ first three years came before the age of 22, which was how old Kareem was when he began his career. So, for a more accurate comparison in terms of games played and point of prime, we will look at the last six seasons of Giannis’ career compared to Kareem’s time with the Bucks.
Although Giannis has transitioned his game to the era he’s in, it is safe to say that the shooters’ league of today is not best suited for him. So, if he were to play in an era like Kareem’s, he would be just as dominant as Abdul-Jabaar.
This is why in a balanced era, Giannis’s points per game would inflate 11.8% despite losing about a three-made per game due to pre-3 point line inflation.
Kareem on the other hand would deflate below 30 points per game by 9.8% due mostly to two-point attempts being 10.3% lower than in the late ‘60s. But, his rebounds per night would go up by over one, adding to his win shares over the span.
Despite Kareem still leading Giannis in points over his last six seasons, the three not being included would push him over the edge, thus making him the greatest scorer in Bucks’ history. But now, all eyes will be on the Greek Freak for a potential repeat, thus surpassing Kareem’s total rings in Milwaukee.