Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has won his second consecutive NBA MVP award, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Antetokounmpo joins Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as a back-to-back MVP.
The official announcement is set for 2pm. ET.
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Standing in front of thousands of adoring fans at a downtown Milwaukee rally last July, the Bucks superstar kindly asked them a favor.
“Please don’t call me MVP after this day until I win again next year,” he asked.
Although Milwaukee failed to reach the title, he has returned to averages of 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season.
Antetokounmpo has a decision to make in the off-season to sign an extension with Milwaukee or to enter the 2020-21 season in the final year of his contract, making him eligible for free agency in 2021.
During a three-hour lunch last week in Milwaukee, Bucks co-owner and governor Marc Lasry made it clear to Antetokounmpo that the franchise is willing to spend on luxury tax to deliver him a supporting cast for the championship, sources said. to ESPN.
Despite finishing with the best record during the regular season, Milwaukee failed to reach the finals after losing in five games to the Miami Heat during the Eastern Conference semifinals. While it was a disappointing ending to an incredible season, Antetokounmpo recorded a player efficiency score of 31.9, which was the highest in a season in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Additionally, he led the NBA in allowed field goal percentage on the edge (min.100 FGA defended) and allowed field goal percentage as closest defender (min.500 FGA defended), according to Second Spectrum.
“At the end of the day, we have to learn from everything that happens in your life and career,” said Antetokounmpo after his defeat in Game 5, which he missed with a sprained ankle. “We hope we can learn from this and improve as a team and come back and we hope we can build a culture in Milwaukee for many years, that we can come here and compete for a championship every year.”