Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA’s most valuable player.
Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists a night through the season and 25.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game during the postseason where they lost in the Eastern Conference finals to the Toronto Raptors.
He was voted a 2019 All-Star team captain alongside James and at just 24 years old, Antetokounmpo becames the third-youngest player to win MVP over the past 40 seasons, only behind Derrick Rose and LeBron James.
Elsewhere, Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams won the Sixth Man of the Year award again, tying Jamal Crawford as the leading victor in that field of all-time. Rudy Gobert also retained his Defensive Player of the Year award becoming the first man since Kawhi Leonard two years ago to do so.
Dallas Mavericks man Luka Doncic won the Rookie of the Year award, NBA champion Pascal Siakam won the Most Improved award while Antetokounmpo’s coach Mike Budenholzer won the Coach of the Year award.
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The Greek Freak received 78 of the 101 possible first-place votes to win his MVP award. Houston’s James Harden came in second with the other 23 first-place votes and, naturally, the Rockets disagreed with his second place slot.
Oklahoma City’s Paul George came in third – where he also finished in the Defensive Player of the Year voting – followed by Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.
“MVP is not about stats and numbers. It is all about winning and all about making sure you go out there and do everything you can to win,” Antetokounmpo said Monday night. “I think that is what we did as a team.”
MVP to 10
Antetokounmpo was the league’s most consistently brilliant performer and here's who else made the list
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
2. James Harden, Houston Rockets
3. Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
4. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
5. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
6. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
7. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
8. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
9. Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors
10. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder