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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo says the best is yet to come: 'I am at 60 percent of my potential'

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It's been a whirlwind year for Giannis Antetokounmpo and after winning the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, the 24-year-old says the best is yet to come.

"A lot of people say, 'You are the MVP, you are one of the best players in the league, you are so dominant,'" Antetokounmpo told ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.

"But I think I can get better. I think I am at 60 percent of my potential, as good as I can be. I just want to be better. If I am in the same situation again [in the East finals], react better, play the game better, play better, execute better."

Antetokounmpo averaged career-highs in points (27.7), rebounds (12.5) and assists (5.9), adding 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals to lead the Bucks to 60 wins during the regular season before being eliminated in the Conference Finals by the eventual-champion Toronto Raptors.

While the Bucks and Raptors were the Eastern Conference's best teams, Kawhi Leonard's departure from Toronto leaves the Bucks with a huge opportunity to assert themselves as the team to beat in the East and go one further in 2019/20.

"For me personally, I would love for Kawhi to stay in the East and stay in Toronto because I would love to go through the series (with them) again," Antetokounmpo said. "But unfortunately, this is the NBA we are talking about. Moves happen. People change teams. But we got an opportunity right now. We got to take advantage of it, and hopefully, we can seize the opportunity and make big things happen."

After losing Malcolm Brogdon in free agency, the Bucks have brought back most of their core for next season, re-signing Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez to long-term deals, while adding veterans Robin Lopez and Wes Matthews as they prepare for a run at the NBA title.

"My goal is going to stay the same: It's get better, take it day by day, step by step, and the ultimate goal is to win a championship," Antetokounmpo added.

"As long as that we are all on the same page and we are all focused on that goal, why not play for the Bucks 20 years, why not play 25 years? Why not, after playing, be a member of the coaching staff or a member of the front office? But we got to have the same goal. We got to have the same principles. We got to focus on winning a championship."

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