With 147 points in the first four games of the season, Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo surpassed legendary big man Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points by a Bucks’ player in the first four games of a season. Jabbar had 146 in the first four games of the 1970-71 season.
Giannis’ 147 points was the seventh time in Bucks history that one of their players had 115 or more points in the first four games of a season. In addition to the Green Freak’s 147 and Jabbar’s 146, the others who reached the 115-point mark for the Bucks in the first four games of a season: Jabbar, 1972-73, 142; Marques Johnson, 1978-79, 128; Jabbar, 1974-75, 118; Ray Allen, 2001-02, 117; and, Michael Redd, 2005-06, 115.
Giannis also jumped into the Top 10 of the NBA’s list of players with the most points in the first four games of a season. His 147 gave him the 10th highest total in league history. He became the 15th player in NBA history to have 140 or more points in the first four games of a season (it has been done 19 times since 1963-64). Michael Jordan (four times) and Jabbar (twice) are the only players to do it more than once in their careers.
The 15 players to score 140 or more points in the first four games of an NBA season: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tiny Archibald, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, George Gervin, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Russell Westbrook. (Note: Davis, DeRozan and Westbrook each did it last season, 2016-17).
For the record, Jordan holds the NBA record with 163 points scored in the first four games of a season. He did it in 1989-90. He also holds the second-most mark with 158 points in 1986-87.