Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has won her second consecutive NBA MVP award, ESPN sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.
Antetokounmpo joins Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Karim Abdul-Jabar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as MVP.
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Antetokounmpo joined Jordan (1987-88 season) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94 season) as the only players to win the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year that season.
Standing in front of thousands of admiring fans at a rally in downtown Milwaukee last July, the Bucks superstar politely asked them for a favor.
“Please don’t call me MVP after that day until I win it again next year,” he asked.
Although Milwaukee failed to win the title, he returned to an average of 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season.
Antetokounmpo must decide between the season to sign an extension with Milwaukee or to enter the 2020-21 season in the last year of its contract, making it eligible for a free agency in 2021.
During a three-hour lunchtime meeting in Milwaukee last week, Bucks co-owner and governor Mark Lasry made it clear to Antetokounmpo that the franchise was willing to spend the luxury tax to supply him with a supporting cast, sources told ESPN. .
Despite finishing with the best record of the regular season, Milwaukee failed to reach the final after losing five games to the Miami Heat during the Eastern Conference semifinals. Although it was a disappointing end to an incredible season, Antetokounmpo posted a performance rating of 31.9 players – the highest in a season in NBA history, according to a study by ESPN Stats & Information.
He also leads the NBA in the percentage of field goals allowed on the edge (min. 100 FGA protected) and the percentage of field goals allowed as the closest defender (min. 500 FGA protected), according to Second Spectrum.
“At the end of the day, we need to learn from everything that happens in your life and career,” said Antetokumpoma after losing Game 5, which he missed with an ankle sprain. “We hope we can learn from that and improve as a team, come back and hope that we can build a culture in Milwaukee for many years, that we can go out here and compete every year. for the championship. “