The 25-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second NBA Most Valuable Player Award after his season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Antetokounmpo received the trophy last Friday, but not before his squad was eliminated from the playoffs in their second round matchup against the Miami Heat on Sept. 8.
This was the second consecutive MVP Award for Antetokounmpo. The 245 pound, 6’11 forward recorded some incredible statistics this season, which led the Bucks to the best record in the Eastern Conference.
“The Greek Freak,” as he’s referred to in the league, averaged 29.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game this season. His 29.5 points a game was the fifth highest in the NBA, and his 13.5 rebounds a game was the second highest in the league.
Antetokounmpo remarkably achieved these statistics all while being ranked 71st in the league for minutes (30.4).
Prior to the Bucks’ elimination, Antetokounmpo also won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. This was his first defensive player of the year award in his career.
Other possible candidates for MVP included Lebron James (Los Angeles Lakers) and James Harden (Houston Rockets). Even though James and Harden might have won more playoff games than Antetokounmpo, he managed to lead his team to the best regular season record in the league (51-12).
Though Antetokounmpo and the Bucks might be eliminated from the playoffs, the season is inching closer to the finals every day.
Game one of the Finals will begin on Sept. 30 inside of the NBA Bubble in Orlando, Fla.