Antetokounmpo named NBA’s most improved player
Giannis Antetokounmpo was awarded with another distinct honor as he was named the NBA’s “Most improved player” for the 2016/17 season. He was also named to the NBA’s All-defensive second team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was the clear winner for the NBA’s “Most improved player” award racking up 428 points in the voting process. He received 80 first placed votes, 8 second placed votes, and 4 third placed votes, blowing away the other nominees in the running. Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets finished in second place with 161 votes (14 first place votes) while the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert finished in third with 113 votes.
The 22-year old is the fifthe European player to win the award and the first Greek to win an award in the NBA.
Antetokounmpo was also named to the NBA’s All-defensive second team along with Tori Allen, Danny Green, Anthony Davis, and Andre Robinson. A reminder that Antetokounmpo was named to the NBA’s All-second team earlier this season.
The “Greek Freak” had a record breaking year with the Bucks and was elected to his first NBA All-star game. He finished the season averaging 22.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg, and 1.9 bpg in 35.6 minutes per game in 80 appearances.
After receiving the award Antetokounmpo released a video stating “First of all I would like to thank my teammates, because without them I would not have won this award. I want to thank my coaches, the Greeks, the Bucks fans, and my family that is here to support me.”