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The Incomparable Giannis Antetokounmpo

Learn his name. Study his game.

What makes the Milwaukee Bucks' star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced "YAH-nis An-teh-tuh-KOOM-po") such a special player? See for yourself.

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This picture was taken on January 13, 2017, when the Bucks played the Miami Heat. It hasn't been altered. (None of the pictures on FOTO have, but it's worth emphasizing here.) So, Giannis Antetokoumpo is getting ready to dunk a basketball. This is not unusual: He dunks a basketball most nights. Many pros do. But in the process of dunking this basketball, Giannis has somehow brought it back so far behind his head, with both hands, that it's basically sitting on his shoulder blades. This, it seems fair to say, is difficult—and the difficulty may have something to do with the expression on Giannis' face, which suggests extreme exertion as well as extreme excitement about what is happening. But then, check out his feet: now it all looks effortless, like he's walking on air. Insanely athletic, intensely focused, supremely passionate, and enormously skilled, Giannis Antetokounmpo can do just about anything on a basketball court.

Here are some of the things he does.

He Dribbles Mike McGinnis/Getty Images He Dribbles Though he stands 6'11" and is typically listed as a forward, Giannis has excellent ball-handling skills, and sometimes runs point for the Bucks offense. Pictured: Bucks vs. Orlando Magic, April 1, 2016. He Drives Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images He Drives Pictured: Bucks at Toronto Raptors, January 27, 2017 He Splits the Defense Duane Burleson/Getty Images He Splits the Defense Pictured: Bucks at Detroit Pistons, February 28, 2018. He Distributes Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images He Distributes Over the past two seasons, the Greek Freak (as Giannis, who hails from Athens, is playfully known) has averaged more than 5 assists per game. Pictured: Bucks at New York Knicks, November 6, 2015. He Tips Off Stacy Revere/Getty Images He Tips Off Given his long reach and explosive leaping ability, the forward-who-sometimes-runs-point also takes tip offs. Pictured: Bucks vs. Celtics, January 28, 2017. He Protects the Rim Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images He Protects the Rim In the 2016-17 season, Giannis averaged nearly 2 blocked shots per game. Pictured: Bucks at Sacramento Kings, March 22, 2017. He Strips the Ball Mike McGinnis/Getty Images He Strips the Ball Pictured: Bucks vs. Raptors, April 22, 2017. He Closes Out Anadolu Agency/Getty Images He Closes Out Pictured: 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. He Cleans the Glass Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images He Cleans the Glass Giannis is averaging 10 rebounds per game this season. Pictured: Bucks at Oklahoma City Thunder, December 29, 2017. He Finishes with the Right ... Stacy Revere/Getty Images He Finishes with the Right ... Bucks at Washington Wizards, December 23, 2016. ... and the Left Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images ... and the Left Pictured: Bucks at Chicago Bulls, April 20, 2015. He Spots Up Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images He Spots Up This season, Giannis is shooting better than 53% from the field, and averaging 27.3 points per game. Pictured: Bucks at Atlanta Hawks, October 29, 2017. He Spans Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images He Spans Giannis boasts a seven-foot wingspan. He Skies Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images He Skies Pictured: Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers, April 13, 2015. He Dunks Stephen Dunn/Getty Images He Dunks Pictured: Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers, March 24, 2014. He Takes Free Throws Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images He Takes Free Throws Free throws aren't the most impressive part of Giannis' game, but since his first season, he's shot better than 75% from the charity stripe. Bucks at Hawks, October 29, 2017. He Makes Friends Kevin Mazur/WireImage He Makes Friends Pictured: Giannis greets Chance the Rapper at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. At 23, Giannis is already a two-time All-Star, and this year he finished first in player voting and second in fan voting (behind LeBron James.) He Wears Cool Shoes David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images He Wears Cool Shoes Giannis is sponsored by Nike, which plans to release his first signature shoe in 2018. Pictured: Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers, March 19, 2018. He Carries the Ball Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images He Carries the Ball It's the NBA; everybody does it. Pictured: Bucks at Hawks, October 29, 2017. He Makes Defenders Wish It Would All Just Stop Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images He Makes Defenders Wish It Would All Just Stop Pictured: Giannis preparing to dunk, thunderously, during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. Behind him, Warriors guard and two-time MVP Steph Curry lies prostrate on the ground, with his head in his hands. He Congratulates His Teammates Rob Carr/Getty Images He Congratulates His Teammates In Giannis' first year with Milwaukee, the Bucks went 15-67. This year they're on pace to finish 43-39 and make the playoffs for the third time in four years. Pictured: Bucks at Wizards, January 6, 2018. He Does One-Handed Push-ups on the Subway Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images He Does One-Handed Push-ups on the Subway But don't get too excited, New York sports fans: Giannis is signed with the Bucks through 2021.