LeBron James without a doubt, Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Kevin Durant are the faces of the NBA. Zion Williamson is quickly climbing that rundown even after missing quite a bit of his newbie season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is on that rundown. He came second in Jersey sales the last year in 2019, he’s undeniably famous, yet he’s not upfront in promoting efforts like Chris Paul or LeBron.
Antetokounmpo doesn’t propel himself that way; he’s not as active on social media as LeBron or different other stars.
Antetokounmpo is a private individual and he has a very tight and close inner circle. That discretion has been viewed as an explanation he doesn’t drive himself to be the essence of the NBA.
In any case, it might be that Antetokounmpo doesn’t feel he’s earned that highlight yet, ESPN’s very much associated Kevin Arnovitz said on the Lowe Post Podcast with Zach Lowe (cap tip Real GM).
“Someone close to him told me… I’m like ‘Yeah, Giannis, it’s his nature to be private. He’s a little more Duncan-y in his approach to superstardom.”
“And they’re like ‘Yeah, that’s not really it.’ “And I said ‘What is it?’
“They’re like ‘He finds it unseemly to preen as the face of the league before you win a championship. Like it would be unconscionable for him to do that because it just is so not in his nature the idea that anybody would preen before they won a title.’
Does that mean if or when Antetokounmpo won a title he would find a way to build his market value? It is considered generally that Arnovitz is correct, that the Greek Freak simply has somewhat more Duncan/Kawhi in him.
Antetokounmpo’s habit of keeping his life private is one reason the developing theory around the association about what is next for him is only that hypothesis.
There is a feeling that if the Bucks got ricocheted by the Heat in the second round or don’t arrive at the NBA Finals, it would make the way for him conceivably leaving Milwaukee in 2021 as a free operator.
That would possibly make a beeline for Toronto or Miami. No one knows it for sure. Milwaukee is his home, the only haven where he and his family have each lived securely, where Antetokounmpo’s better half and child live.
In any case, if he believes he can’t win there, what happens next is anyone’s guess.
On the off chance that Antetokounmpo needs to be the face of the NBA, it’s not totally about titles. Yet, that positively would help.