Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (⬆️ UP)
How does one determine the best player in the NBA? Sure, the MVP is awarded each season (and Antetokounmpo has won two of these), but it can be at times directed by a league narrative and a team’s record. Let’s look at the All-NBA teams. Giannis has made the first team in four consecutive years, an impressive feat on its own. He’s also garnered all 100 first-place votes in each of those four years. Only two other players received 100 votes (i.e. a unanimous selection) in that same span: James Harden in 2018-19 and LeBron James in 2019-20. This season, no other player had more than 88 first-place votes. Best player in the NBA? We sure think so.
Tyrone Taylor, Brewers outfielder (⬆️ UP)
Taylor has been getting some playing time in center field and now figures to be the mainstay in right with Hunter Renfroe on the injured list. The way he’s been hitting, there’s not going to be a dropoff at the plate. In five games this past week, Taylor was 8-for-20 with a double, three home runs (all coming over his last four games) and 10 RBI. In May, he’s batting .276/.333/.517 with four homers and 13 RBI in 63 plate appearances.
Brewers catchers (⬇️ DOWN)
This past week Victor Caratini and Omar Narvaez went a combined 1-for-20 and didn’t score a run or drive anyone in. Both are, however, above the average in throwing out attempted base stealers with Caratini nailing six of 12 thus far.
Eric Lauer, Brewers starting pitcher (⬆️ UP)
At one point thought to be battling Aaron Ashby for the No. 5 role in the rotation, Lauer has instead carved himself out to be a potential ace. After tossing seven shutout innings May 20 vs. Washington, he owns the best ERA among the starters – yes, even Corbin Burnes – at 2.16. He’s also tops in winning percentage (4-1, .800) and strikeouts (11.7/9) while second to Burnes in WHIP (0.936).
Freddy Peralta, Brewers starting pitcher (⬇️ DOWN)
You never want to hear shoulder injury associated with a pitcher (or elbow, for that matter). Peralta had one of his worst starts of the season May 22 before exiting with his ailment, which will put him on the shelf for a while. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery and getting him back to form.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers quarterback (⬇️ DOWN)
We’re sure Rodgers not being at OTAs will be overblown and he’s going to have another awesome season. But it sure would be nice to have the leader of your team working out with a mostly new and/or inexperience wide receiver group as much as possible.