Giannis’ bid for MVP glory
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris examines Giannis Antetokounmpo’s case for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award this season…
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It’s not uncommon to hear shouts of “MVP! MVP! MVP!” from the Milwaukee Bucks faithful on any given night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. They’re referring to Giannis Antetokounmpo, of course.
The ‘Greek Freak’ has the Bucks making some noise in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, which is quite a feat on its own considering the team doesn’t have any superstars – or All-stars for that matter – outside Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo has played an integral role as the Bucks target a playoff berth in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 seasons.
Unlike other teams around the NBA that have multiple superstars on the roster, Antetokounmpo remains the lone superstar in Milwaukee and his leadership on the court is proving just that.
Antetokounmpo is the only player in the league to lead his team in points, rebounds, and assists – a feat that helped Russel Westbrook capture MVP honors last season. Overall, Antetokounmpo is also averaging a double-double thus far this season.
A 27.2 points-per-game average not only leads the Bucks but has the Greek Freak currently third in the league behind the likes of James Harden (31.3 ppg), and Anthony Davis (28.1 ppg).
In terms of rebounds, Antetokounmpo’s 10.2 rebounds-per-game isn’t the best total in the NBA but Antetokounmpo finds himself 11th overall – Andre Drummond’s 15.8 rebounds-per-game lead the way.
Despite Antetokounmpo’s efforts this season, it is possible that the 22-year-old might be overlooked for the MVP nod. As criminal as that may sound, with the Bucks playing in a much smaller market, it’s possible that Antetokounmpo might not get the credit he deserves from the NBA journalists that make up the voting audience for NBA award season.
Regardless if Antetokounmpo wins MVP honors this season, there is no doubting that his game is only improving – a bit of a mindboggling reality for a player who was named the league’s Most Improved Player last season.