Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo intentionally dodging MVP debate
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the front-runners to win the NBA MVP award this season. Aside from his statistical production (27.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.5 blocks, 58.2 percent shooting from the field), he has led the team to the best record in the league and potential home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
With the playoffs roughly two weeks away, a lot of people believe Giannis will be the runaway winner for the most coveted individual honor in professional basketball, but the Greek Freak has been low-key throughout the season. He has successfully avoided all the discussions and debates about his MVP season; this has allowed him to focus solely on the goal of helping the team become a title contender.
Giannis recently had an interview with RealGM.com’s Matt Velasquez. According to him, avoiding all the MVP chatter is something he intended to do all season, and he plans to continue doing it.
“I’m definitely trying to avoid it, I don’t want to think about it. I just want to do my job. We’ve got eight games left. Trying to get better, trying to improve and trying to play basketball at a high level and everything’s going to take care of itself,”
Antetokounmpo added that he came into the season with the mindset of improving. He never really thought about winning individual awards, as long as he improves his game.
“My thought process on all of that is just to get better. That’s never going to change; I don’t care if we’re playing in the Finals or me being the MVP or whatever. It’s never going to change. It’s always about getting better. It’s worked so far, so I know it’s going to work.”
Giannis improved a lot this year, and it is showing not only through his game, but also in how the Bucks were able to elevate themselves. Having been a sixth seed which lost to the Boston Celtics last season, the Bucks are now one of the top teams expected to make the NBA Finals and attempt to dethrone the two-time champion Golden State Warriors.