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Dynasty Impact: Giannis Antetokounmpo Signs Max Extension with Bucks (Fantasy Basketball)

Dec 16, 2020

After an offseason of speculation about his future, Giannis Antetokounmpo agreed to a 5-year/$228M max extension to remain with the Bucks – the largest contract in NBA history. With roots planted in Milwaukee for the foreseeable future, we asked our featured experts for their thoughts on the dynasty impact of this monumental signing. Brad Camara,  Alex BurnsAaron LarsonDave Kluge, and Zak Hanshew share here.

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The biggest decision looming over the fate of competitive balance in the NBA was whether or not Giannis Antetokounmpo would sign his supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks ahead of the December 21st deadline. With Giannis announcing on Tuesday that he plans to sign instead of entering free agency next offseason, this can only be good for his dynasty value. Rather than teaming up with another star or two on a different team, the reigning two-time MVP will remain the focal point on both offense and defense for years to come and is essentially a lock to finish top-five in usage rating anytime he is on the floor. In the short-term, the arrival of playmaking point guard Jrue Holiday (6.4 career assists per game) figures to be an immediate upgrade over Eric Bledsoe (4.8 career assists per game) and he should do a better job facilitating the offense through Giannis. Looking towards the future, Giannis is still only 26-years-old and only lacking an NBA title on his resume. His decision to stay in Milwaukee is a form of loyalty rarely seen in the today’s NBA landscape and as a result, he remains the 2nd overall dynasty prospect in startups, trailing only Luka Doncic -Burns

Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a five-year supermax deal with the Bucks just before the start of the 2020-21 campaign. This is excellent news for fantasy managers who have Giannnis rostered in dynasty leagues. There were reportedly rumors of Antetokounmpo forming a super team (Golden State) and possibly taking a reduced role elsewhere. Dynasty league managers can breathe a sigh of relief as the two-time MVP will continue his role as the Bucks’ primary offensive option. He averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.4 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting 55.3 percent from the floor over 63 games last season. Expect more of the same ridiculous stats from Antetokounmpo over the next few years. With some uncertainty surrounding other star players (James Harden), Giannis is as safe it comes as a top-3 pick in dynasty league formats.  -Camara

First of all, as a lifelong Milwaukee Bucks fan, I couldn’t be more thrilled that Giannis Antetokounmpo did what he said he would all along by signing his long-term supermax extension instead of leaving for a larger market as most NBA insiders have been insisting for years. Chalk one up for the small markets. From a dynasty perspective, not much changes in the short term. We can fully expect the Greek Freak to continue dominating in usage and racking up points and rebounds on a nightly basis. He may not have even hit his ceiling yet, as he continues to work towards improving his three-point and free-throw shooting. He’s a top-3 dynasty asset and you can make an argument for him at the 1.01 in startups. In the long-term, Milwaukee becomes a team that will be looking to add pieces and push for championships in Antetokounmpo’s peak years. The names may be difficult to predict right now, but in the never-ending NBA rumor cycle there are sure to be some big names thrown around. Stay tuned.  -Larson

With news that the Greek Freak will remain with the team that drafted him through at least the 2026 season, he’s cemented himself as a top-2 player in dynasty leagues for years to come. With two MVPs under his belt, Giannis continues to ascend as a premier scorer, rebounder, and defender – a triple-threat. He’s got room to improve as a shooter, but that’s his biggest knock. If he can improve in that area, Antetokounmpo could potentially become an even more lethal player and fantasy phenom. Given his skillset and the continued high usage he’s likely to enjoy in Milwaukee, Giannis can only be rivalved by Luka Doncic for the 1.01 in dynasty leagues.  -Hanshew

Because this is an article about Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s dynasty outlook and not his chances to win a championship, I have nothing but positive things to say. Being locked up on a small market team for the next five years is only going to keep Antetokounmpo atop of fantasy basketball rankings for years to come. He saw a league-high 37.5-percent usage rate in the 2019-2020 season. Had he gone to Los Angeles or Houston, that would have assuredly taken a huge dip along with his fantasy production. Being the top dog in Milwaukee should keep the reigning MVP producing top-three fantasy seasons year in and year out. Knowing that he is there for the next five years, it’s certainly possible that they add some star power to the roster after this season, but no one that should push him outside of the top-five in usage.  -Kluge

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