Report: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo repeats as NBA MVP
Antetokounmpo becomes just the third player in NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon.
While Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks suffered a disappointing second-round playoff exit at the hands of the Miami Heat, there was never too much doubt as to whether he would win a second consecutive MVP. The 25-year-old was a beast throughout the regular season as Milwaukee racked up a league-best 56-17 record. The Greek Freak averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 points and 5.6 assists in just 30.4 minutes per game while shooting 55.3% from the field and 30.4% on 3-pointers.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Houston Rockets star James Harden were the other finalists. The assumption is that LeBron came in second in the voting, with the future Hall of Famer putting up an incredible season in Year 17. He put up 25.3 points on 49.3 percent from the field, 7.8 boards, a league-leading 10.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
We’ve all heard how LeBron has done amazing things despite being 35 years of age, and in terms of the narrative, he certainly held an edge over Giannis in that regard. At the end of the day, however, it still boils down to who provided the most value for his team, and Antetokounmpo did that throughout a dominant regular season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo still has plenty of room to grow even after winning all these accolades. While LeBron James is probably the best player in the world when taking into account the playoffs, the Bucks superstar is still just 25 years old and will have plenty of chances to stake his claim in the future. Of course, there’s plenty of speculation about where he’ll be playing in the future, but he insists he’ll be back in Milwaukee next season.
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