For the second time in two seasons, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news ahead of the team’s formal announcement scheduled for later today.
Antetokounnpo officially becomes one of three players in league history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Michael Jordan (1987-88 season) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94 season) are the only two to accomplish such a feat.
Antetokounmpo’s MVP win is his second consecutive. This year, the 25-year-old averaged a staggering 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game in just over 30 minutes of action. With the exception of a lower free-throw percentage, the All-Star improved his game across the board for the Bucks.
The regular season award will be little solace for Antetokounmpo, however, as he and the rest of the No. 1 seed franchise reel from a second-round upset at the hands of the No. 5 seed Miami Heat.
Antetokounmpo, whose current rookie scale contract extension expires next offseason, will have the opportunity to sign an extension with the Bucks this offseason.