Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo named NBA MVP for second straight season

Milwaukee Bucks Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 makes a shot at the Amway in Orlando Florida on Saturday February 8, 2020. Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis

Reports are that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be named NBA MVP for the second straight season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Milwaukee forward will receive his second straight MPV award.

He’s the first player since Steph Curry in 2015 and 2016 to go back-to-back, and the 11th all-time to accomplish that feat. Antetokounmpo beat out James Harden of the Rockets and LeBron James of the Lakers for the award. The league will officially announce the winner at 2 p.m. ET.  

Aided by the arrival of Mike Budenholzer and his five-out system, Giannis took his game to new heights last season. Then, somehow, he played even better. He put up 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds — both career-highs — 5.6 assists, and a steal and a block per game. 

Along the way, he led the Bucks to a 53-12 record prior to the season  being put on hold, and at one point had them chasing the vaunted 70-win club. With Giannis leading the way, Milwaukee was tied for seventh in offense, and led the league in defense by a wide margin, limiting opponents to 102.5 points per 100 possessions. 

For his efforts on that end of the floor, Giannis was also named Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in his career. With confirmation of his MVP Award, he’s now just the third player ever to take home both of those trophies in the same year, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. 


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