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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts to repeating as MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

As expected, Milwaukee Bucks superstar small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the 2019-20 MVP on Friday, beating out Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

Antetokounmpo is not only the first player since Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (2015, 2016) to win back-to-back MVP awards, but he’s also just the third player in NBA history (Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon) to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.

Accepting the award in Athens, Greece, Antetokounmpo talked to Ernie Johnson about winning MVP. In typical Antetokounmpo fashion, the Bucks star spoke about how he doesn’t want to be called the MVP anymore until he wins a championship:

He knows he needs to keep getting better and better:

Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game during the 2019-20 regular season, although it’s worth mentioning the award was based on the stats Antetokounmpo put up before the season was suspended in March, which was 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

The Bucks had the best record in the NBA this season. However, in stunning fashion, Milwaukee lost to Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2020 playoffs in five games. Antetokounmpo didn’t play in Game 5 after hurting his ankle in Game 3 and then spraining it again in Game 4.

Milwaukee can offer Antetokounmpo the supermax extension this offseason. If Antetokounmpo doesn’t sign it, he can become an unrestricted free agent in 2021. All eyes are going to be on Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo is now a four-time All-Star, two-time MVP, one-time Defensive Player of the Year and a future Hall of Famer. Not bad.