The 25-year-old power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, was named the 2019/20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player as announced last weekend.
Giannis became the 12th prolific player to win the NBA award in consecutive campaigns; this is also Antetokounmpo’s second straight KIA Most Valuable Player Award in his basketball career.
The 25-year-old, who is famously known as the Greek Freak, also became the first player from Europe to be selected as the NBA MVP for more than one season. On the list for the NBA MVP, the Greek International joins LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to win the NBA MVP awards more than once at the age of 25.
The Nigerian-Greek also earned the award for the 2019/20 KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He thus joins Hakeem Olajuwon – who did it in the 1993-94 campaign – and Michael Jordan (1987/88) as the only players to be named as the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player and Kia NBA Defensive Player of the year award in the same campaign.
The NBA Defensive Player of the Year award has been around since its arrival during the 1982/83 seasons and ever since online gambling usa offered odds regarding the potential player to win it.
Antetokounmpo claimed 85 out of 101 first-place votes and earned 962 total points from the global panel of 100 broadcasters and sportswriters and also his fan vote from the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
Coming second place to the Greek Freak is Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, who received 16 first-place votes and earned 753 points. While the Houston Rockets’ James Harden finished in third place with 367 points, fourth place was occupied by Dallas Mavericks’ guard Luka Doncic with 200 points, and Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Kawhi Leonard claimed the fifth place spot with 168 points.
This voting was said to have been conducted solely based on the regular season games played through March 11 as the players received 10 points for each first-place vote, 7 points for a second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote, while each fifth-place vote was worth one point.’
Games that were played from July 30 to August 14 were part of the campaign restart, but didn’t count for the voting for Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award or any other of the league’s end-of-season awards, which site de jeu en ligne offered interesting odds on.
Antetokounmpo ranked third in the NBA for the scoring average and rebounding average in games played through March as he was able to average 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.04 steals, and 1.02 blocks in 30.9 minutes in the 57 games he appeared. For shots from the field, he recorded 54.7 percent and also sank 83 three-pointers, which is registered to be 31 more than he scored in any of his past six campaigns.
The Greek Freak won the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for November, December, and January and was also the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week four times.
“Going into the next year I want to be a better jump-shooter. Every year, I want to be a better jump-shooter,” Antetokounmpo said via ESPN. “I want to be able to help my teammates better, know where they are at any time when I’m on the court. I want to be able to get lower, be able to guard, 1 through 5, but even better. There are so many other things that I want to do better, and I’ve done it every single year and I’m going to do it again.”