Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s epic first tweet after winning MVP again
— Giannis Ugo Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) September 18, 2020
Although the season didn’t end the way he wanted it to, Giannis Antetokounmpo made NBA history in 2019-20. He now joins Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players ever to win Defensive Player of the Year and MVP in the same season.
It’s quite the accomplishment for Antetokounmpo, who was the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft.
The Bucks had title aspirations this season after once again finishing with the best record in the NBA during the regular season. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, they ran into a red-hot Miami Heat team in the second round of the playoffs. Antetokounmpo and Co. lost to the Heat in five games, so some fans on social media are saying Antetokounmpo shouldn’t have won MVP.
However, the MVP is a regular-season award. The best player in the playoffs usually wins the Finals MVP trophy if he’s able to lead his club to the championship.
Moving forward, Antetokounmpo can sign the supermax extension with the Bucks this offseason. If he doesn’t, Antetokounmpo is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
Multiple reports have already stated the Bucks won’t trade Antetokounmpo if he chooses not to sign the supermax.
Since entering the NBA, Antetokounmpo has won two MVPs, Most Improved Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. His résumé is already up there among the greats, but Antetokounmpo still needs to win a championship to make it complete.