Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo shifted the focus toward his teammates after winning the 2019-20 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award on Tuesday.
Antetokounmpo, who is also an MVP Finalist, said he wouldn't have won the prestigious defensive award without the help of his teammates, via Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Without my teammates this wouldn’t be possible,” Giannins Antetokounmpo said.
“I know that my name is on this trophy, but it could be any of these guys’ names on this trophy. I believe that defense is building trust and effort. We trust one another, we care about one another, we believe in one another – that’s why we’re the best defensive team in the NBA and we’re gonna keep it that way.”
The Bucks had the No. 1 defensive rating in the league this season. They also finished with the top record in the NBA for the second straight campaign.
Antetokounmpo keeps on racking up the trophies in the NBA. However, the All-Star will tell you that he would trade all the individual accolades for an NBA championship, the only thing missing from his trophy case.
The Bucks are one game away from bouncing the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs and advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Milwaukee has rebounded nicely after losing Game 1.
Should the Bucks defeat the Magic, they will face Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in the second round.