Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo finishes 2019-20 season with highest PER in NBA history
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t play in the team’s final regular-season game due to a suspension. The reigning MVP lost his cool on Tuesday and head-butted Washington Wizards forward Moe Wagner.
However, there’s a silver lining to this. Since Antetokounmpo’s 2019-20 season is over, he’ll finish the campaign with the highest PER in NBA history at 31.91.
The previous record was held by Wilt Chamberlain, who had a PER of 31.82 during the 1962-63 season with the San Francisco Warriors.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will finish this season with the highest PER (31.91) in NBA History pic.twitter.com/iBvpG7Px5Y
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You can see why many believe Antetokounmpo will be crowned MVP again. He’s made NBA history by breaking Chamberlain’s record, guided the Bucks to the best record in the league again, and will finish the 2019-20 regular season with stellar averages of 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game.
If Antetokounmpo wins the MVP Award for 2020, he would become just the 12th player in NBA history to win back-to-back MVP Awards and the first since Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. The Warriors sharpshooter won MVP in 2015 and 2016. This accomplishment would certainly put the Bucks star among the greats early in his young career and one could argue that we have yet to see him at his best considering he’s still lacking a consistent perimeter game.
While Antetokounmpo would love to win MVP once more, the Greek Freak is more focused on team success and winning a championship with the Bucks.
Milwaukee will face the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs to begin their title quest. That’s a series Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. should win easily.