EuroBasket 2022: Is Giannis Antetokounmpo ready to lead Greece to gold?

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is already a two-time NBA MVP, a champion (with an NBA Finals MVP trophy to go along with it) and, at 27, just entering his prime. Over the next 10 days in Berlin, he is now seeking to win his first big international tournament with Greece at EuroBasket 2022.

Heading into Thursday's group phase finale against Estonia (which has already been eliminated from advancing to the next round), Antetokounmpo has dominated the competition so far. He is the tournament's leading scorer and has helped Greece win Group C in decisive fashion.

The real fun begins Saturday, when the 16-nation, single-elimination bracket will be set and Greece will be only four wins away from one of the most coveted prizes international hoops has to offer: the gold medal at EuroBasket.

Despite the presence of the most dominant figure in basketball, it won't be easy for Greece. This is arguably the deepest field this tournament has ever seen, and there are two other major NBA superstars headed to the German capital trying to do the same thing.

Luka Doncic and Slovenia are the defending champions, having won gold in Istanbul in 2017. They also just won the so-called "group of death" in Cologne and are a real threat to defend their crown this year in Berlin.

Meanwhile, Serbia, led by two-time reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, is looking to avenge its loss to Slovenia in 2017. Jokic & Co. entered this tourney as slight favorites, and they have done nothing to change that status, going undefeated in group play in Prague.

But Greece will not go down quietly. Antetokounmpo is cementing his status as the best player in the world, playing at this high of a level the first time on the international stage. Despite a couple of red flags that could complicate things in the next round, Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Greek squad need to be taken seriously as a threat to take home the gold.

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