22-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo has become the scariest player in the NBA and looks like the MVP after one week

Three years ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo was all long limbs, highlights, and potential.

The 19-year-old "Greek Freak" was a 6-foot-11 forward with no clear-cut best skill or position. A player who was still finding his way on the court in between jaw-dropping highlights, like going the length of the court in four dribbles.

Now, however, at just 22 years old, Antetokounmpo has exploded into the player so many people thought he could be, and he has the potential to keep growing.

Four games into the season, Antetokounmpo is leading the NBA in scoring with 36 points per game on 66% shooting, while stuffing the stat sheet with 11 rebounds, five assists, and nearly three steals per game for the 3-1 Milwaukee Bucks.

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BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 27: Giannis Antetokounmpo shakes hands with NBA Commissioner, David Stern after being selected number fifteen overall by the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 27: Giannis Antetokounmpo poses for a portrait after being selected during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 27, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dec 11, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reaches for a rebound during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. San Antonio won 109-77. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against New York Knicks forward Quincy Acy (4) in the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) in the 4th quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) celebrates withy guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and center Zaza Pachulia (27) after shooting the game-winning three point basket in the final seconds against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks beat the Knicks 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends in the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 30, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks in the third quarter during the game against the Denver Nuggets at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks beat the Nuggets 92-74. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
December 18, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Brandon Rush (4) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 23, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring a basket in the second quarter during the game against the Houston Rockets at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks to pass against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) in the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball past Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll (5) in the first quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Greek basketball players, brothers Thanassis (L) and Giannis (R) Antetokounmpo attend an event at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece, June 24, 2017. Picture taken June 24, 2017. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis
Oct 20, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the basket in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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The hot start has immediately vaulted him into the MVP conversation. With so many superstars around the league teaming up, players' counting stats and roles are reduced. Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, is the lone star on a Bucks team that could find itself in the top four in the wide-open East.

And perhaps the most impressive part, as mentioned, is that Antetokounmpo's game is still growing. He remains a shaky jump shooter, unable to stretch the floor to become a complete offensive threat. But because of his ball-handling ability, length, and athleticism, Antetokounmpo has learned how to deal with crowds of defenders to get exactly where he wants around the basket.


And when Antentokounmpo exerts his will on the defensive end, he can become a two-way force.

Anteotkounmpo told Yahoo's Chris Mannix that the game has slowed down for him and he's learning how to do what he wants.

"I kind of know when I can score the ball now," Antetokounmpo said. "In previous years, I was taking the ball and just racing guys. Now I kind of know my spots, where are my sweet spots ... My first few years it was always a turnover. I was always getting offensive fouls because I was running fast, speeding up myself. It’s slowed down a little bit for me."

Antetokounmpo has earned flattering comparisons from head coach Jason Kidd, who has said he could be Magic Johnson and Kevin Garnett, and recently said he has the same intense work ethic of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Veteran Bucks guard Jason Terry echoed the sentiment to CBS's Reid Forgrave.

"Each year he's added a new element to his game. He's yet to become a finished product, but you still can say he's one of the top five players in the league," Terry said. He added of Antetokounmpo's chances of becoming a top-three player. "Top three? It's not far-fetched. It's not crazy when you see the work ethic he has, when you understand he's a student of the game who is seven feet and all the physical tools of a guard."

Antetokounmpo's outside shot remains a work in progress, but there are encouraging signs for its development, from an improved fade-away jump shot in the paint, to a 75% average from the free throw line.

The underline to all of this, again, is that Antetokounmpo is just 22, turning 23 in December. The rate at which he's been improving is startling, and he hasn't hit is physical prime yet.

The NBA has never seen a player like Antetokounmpo before, and if he continues developing at this rate, we may soon be asking when someone else will steal the throne of best player in the league from him.

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