ESPN predicts Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will win the 2019-20 NBA MVP
As part of their preseason predictions, the experts and analysts at ESPN predicted that Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo will win the 2019-20 MVP award.
ESPN polled a panel of experts for several predictions. When it came to this season’s MVP, though, Antetokounmpo was favored by a rather large margin. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and Lakers forward LeBron James rounded out the top three.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo | Milwaukee Bucks: 90 points (30.3% first-place votes)
2. Stephen Curry | Golden State Warriors: 63 points (27.3% first-place votes)
3. LeBron James | Los Angeles Lakers: 34 points (12.1% first-place votes)
4. Joel Embiid | Philadelphia 76ers: 33 points (15.2% first-place votes)
5. Anthony Davis | Los Angeles Lakers: 25 points (9.1% first-place votes)
Antetokounmpo is coming off of a fantastic season. It was so good, in fact, that he was recognized as the league’s MVP. The 24-year-old Greek native made 72 appearances with the Bucks (all starts), racking up averages of 27.7 points on 57.8 percent shooting from the field (25.6 percent from beyond the arc), 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.3 steals in 32.8 minutes per outing.
Other sites seem to agree with ESPN in their prediction for “The Greek Freak,” as Antetokounmpo has come to be known. Caesars Palace opened their NBA MVP odds for the upcoming season earlier this summer. Giannis was a clear favorite at +300, followed by James Harden (+350), Steph Curry and Kawhi Leonard (+600 each), and the Lakers’ new new duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis (+700 each). Odds have changed a bit since then, but the order has remained the same.
The Bucks finished the 2018-19 regular season campaign with an impressive 60-22 overall record, which earned the team a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference standings. Unfortunately, though, Milwaukee was defeated by the Toronto Raptors in the conference finals, 4-2.