Giannis Antetokounmpo officially announced as 2019-20 NBA MVP over LeBron James, James Harden
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday morning that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo would be named the 2019-20 NBA MVP, and the league has officially made the announcement and released voting results.
Here are the full results:
The voting breakdown for the NBA regular season MVP award pic.twitter.com/cfjFAM64DC
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With this repeat victory, Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the third player in NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon are the other two.
The Bucks star may have disappointed in the playoffs, but there’s no denying just how dominant he was in the regular season. Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 30.4 minutes per game. He shot 55.3% overall and 30.4% on 3-pointers. He led the Bucks to a league-best 56-17 record in the regular season and finished with the highest player efficiency rating of all time.
After the five-game loss to the Miami Heat in the second round, attention quickly turned to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future in Milwaukee. While many are already speculating that he’ll leave, the Bucks star has been adamant that he won’t request a trade and will be staying for at least next season. He has the opportunity to sign a supermax extension this offseason, but it’s unclear if he’ll do that. He recently attended a lengthy meeting with Bucks ownership to talk about the season and the future.
As for James and Harden, LeBron’s Lakers just took care of business against Harden’s Rockets in the second round. James has been outstanding all season, leading the Lakers to a 52-19 regular-season record and 8-2 record in the playoffs en route to the Western Conference Finals. Harden and the Rockets went 44-28 in the regular season, but they’ll be looking for a new head coach after the departure of Mike D’Antoni.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and James Harden all had MVP-worthy seasons, but the Bucks star was just a cut above the rest.