Antetokounmpo named Eastern Conference POTM

Antetokounmpo named Eastern Conference POTM

An impressive start to the season has seen Giannis Antetokounmpo take home Player of the Month honours for the Eastern Conference, the NBA announced on Monday…

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October and November, the NBA announced on Monday.

An impressive start to the season by Antetokounmpo has seen the Bucks surge to a 15-6 start through the first month-and-half of the NBA season, good enough for second place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

In a month where Antetokounmpo further solidified his case to become the NBA’s Most Valuable Player at season’s end, the 23-year-old averaged team-highs in points (27.3), rebounds (12.9), assists (6.0) and steals (1.5) per game while shooting a team-best 57.7 percent from the field during October and November.

Antetokounmpo was also the only player in the NBA to average at least 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while he ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (6th in the NBA), fourth in rebounding (5th in the NBA) and fourth in field goal percentage (11th in the NBA).

Tobias Harris joined Antetokounmpo in the Player of the Month announcement after the Los Angeles Clippers forward was named the Player of the Month for the Western Conference.

Monday’s announcement marks the second time in Antetokounmpo’s career that he has received Player of the Month honours after he received he won the award for March during the 2016/2017 season. With his latest win, Antetokounmpo also became the first Bucks player to win the award on multiple occasions.

Despite a tough loss to the New York Knicks to start December, which saw the Bucks slip to 15-7, a motivated Antetokounmpo will look to repeat as the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Month with an equally impressive month of December.

Milwaukee returns to action on Wednesday night when the Bucks host the Detroit Pistons at the Fiserv Forum before important meetings with the defending champions Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors shortly thereafter.



by Peter Katsiris

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