In Giannis They Trust

Should Curry's Warriors do as most expect and advance to their fifth straights Finals, there likely won't be any new words of encouragement or the types of highlight-reel assists the two worked on in Charlotte , North Carolina at this year's All-Star Game.

It would be easy to ascribe that to a set of physical skills that have opponents debating how many defenders to devote between a transcendental player who can travel from half court to the rim in a single dribble and the rest of his sharpshooting teammates, but it would also be incomplete.

Bucks general manager Jon Horst recalled being struck by the way Antetokounmpo and teammate Khris Middleton responded during last season's team exit meetings following Milwaukee's first-round playoff loss to Boston .

Terry now sees the leadership traits in Antetokounmpo that he spotted in other notable teammates throughout his NBA career: Dirk Nowitzki 's work ethic, Kevin Garnett 's competitiveness and James Harden 's ownership of a franchise.

After countless talks with players and coaches about how best to lead a team, Antetokounmpo has come to realize it is a job he needs to do no matter how well or poorly he is playing.Aaron Gash/Associated PressAlmost as important for the Bucks, he's transferred that sense of purpose to his teammates.

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