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Giannis Antetokounmpo Has A Lower Hall Of Fame Probability Than James Harden, Russell Westbrook, And Damian Lillard, According To Basketball Reference

There are certain milestones in an NBA career that every player dreams of achieving. Being an All-Star, making it to All-NBA teams, being named MVP, and becoming a champion. Players work their entire lives so that they can achieve these things, but only a select few ever manage to do it and even fewer can claim to have done all of them multiple times. 

And the ultimate recognition of this is making it to the Hall Of Fame. That is an elite club of the greatest to ever do it and getting in requires consistent greatness over a long period. Many players are sure to get in currently in the NBA, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul are all certainties to make it. 

Basketball Reference released their list of the probabilities that current players have of getting in, and while the top of the bracket isn’t in dispute, there are certain players like Giannis Antetokounmpo who are perhaps ranked lower than they should be. 

James Harden and Russell Westbrook are both at 99.9% according to the list, while Damian Lillard is over 90% as well. And while no one is disputing that they are deserving, all of them have been ranked above Giannis Antetokounmpo, which is a bit hard to understand, even if Antetokounmpo himself is quite humble about his list of accolades

Giannis is a champion and a Finals MVP, something none of the other three have managed. And while they have been in the league for longer than Giannis, he has comparable numbers when it comes to making All-NBA Teams. Not just that, he has also won multiple MVPs, something none of the others have managed, all the while making All-Defensive Teams, something they haven’t done, and also winning Defensive Player Of The Year. 

Despite being a bit younger than the players that have been ranked above him, Giannis’ career achievements are arguably greater than theirs. His list of accolades certainly is. And so while all of these players will surely be Hall-Of-Famers no matter what happens, it is also true that the Greek Freak has been ranked too low. 

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