Though Antetokounmpo received the prestigious award for the second straight season, he was one award that he wants to win the most.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has become one of the NBA elite players
For the past two seasons, Antetokounmpo has established himself as one of the league’s top players. The 6-foot-11 forward used his size and athleticism to dominate on the court. When he has the ball in his hands, it’s tough for defenders to stay in front of him and prevent him from scoring. During the 2016-17 season, Antetokounmpo had a breakout season. He averaged 22.9, 8.7 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. Antetokounmpo was named to his first All-Star team that season. At the end of the season, he was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. He was also named to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team and was named to the All-NBA Second Team.
Antetokounmpo’s career took off after that season. The Bucks drafted Antetokounmpo because they saw potential in him at a young age, and that was all starting to pay off. His numbers improved each season after 2017. Antetokounmpo improved his offensive and defensive game tremendously. He can get to the rim using his length and strength and knows how to draw fouls on offense.
In the fast break, he can push the ball and go coast to coast and find a way to get to the rim. Antetokounmpo won his first MVP award in 2019 after averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. He helped lead the Bucks to a 60-22 record, which was the best record in the league. Antetokounmpo deserved the award, and he has put in the work during his time in the league.
Giannis Antetokounmpo winning his second MVP award
The 2019-20 season was another big year for Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks got off to a hot start. The Bucks star forward made the All-Star team for the fourth consecutive season. Antetokounmpo continued his dominance on the court and led the Bucks to a 56-17 record, which was the league’s best record.
The Bucks had the best record in the league for a second straight season and were led by the league’s reigning MVP. Antetokounmpo averaged a career-high in points and rebounds averaging 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds. It was a tight race for the MVP award between Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, But Antentokounmpo pulled it out to win his second consecutive MVP award. He received 88 first-place votes while James received 16.
Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t want to be called MVP until he wins a title
Even though Antetokounmpo has won two NBA MVP awards, he still is searching for his first NBA title. The Bucks were one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference to make it to the finals but lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat. Winning a championship is the main goal for Antetokounmpo, and although being named the MVP is nice, he really wants that championship.
In an interview with Ernie Johnson on NBA on TNT, Antetokounmpo made it known that he doesn’t want to be called the MVP. “Don’t call me MVP until I’m a champion,” he said. Well, we know what Antetokounmpo’s main focus is, and that’s winning a championship. He has received many awards during his time in the league, but there’s still something missing. Antetokounmpo is determined to win an NBA title, and he’s going to do whatever it takes to win one.
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