Milwaukee Bucks PF Giannis Antetokounmpo will take home his second straight MVP award, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday morning. The news comes after word that he was named to his fourth straight All-NBA team.
Here’s a quick interview with Giannis after the MVP was officially announced (h/t WorldWideWob)
“Don’t call me MVP until i’m a champion.”— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) September 18, 2020
- Giannis Antetokounmpo pic.twitter.com/TcjAAEb7ZL
The Bucks came up short, but the Greek Freak had another dominant year. He averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game. He is signed for one more year with the Bucks, and that has raised speculation about his future. Milwaukee will try to dip into the luxury tax to ensure Giannis stays and the team remains a title contender.
Giannis will win MVP ahead of LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Harden is the last player other than Giannis to win MVP. LeBron won four MVP awards from 2008-2013, two with the Miami Heat and two with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is second behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most MVP awards by a Bucks player. Giannis is also the third player to win both Defensive Player of the Year and MVP in the same season, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Back to Giannis’ future with the Bucks. So Antetokounmpo’s contract is up after next season. There is speculation that the Bucks could look into trading The Greek Freak this offseason on an expiring contract before he hits free agency. It seems Milwaukee is adamant about keeping Giannis and going after a title in 2020-21. It will be tough to maneuver around this roster. Khris Middleton is on a bloated contract and Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez are both signed past next season. That’s why ownership made it clear they are OK going into the luxury tax. It may be the only way to bring in more talent to surround the two-time MVP.