In case any more argument was needed to consider him one of the main stars of the league, Giannis Antetokounmpo added one more during the night of Monday: he won his first MVP trophy after a fantastic season in which he stood as the leader of the team with the best record of the season.
Giannis beat James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder) with 27.7 points (57.8% doubles), 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks (32.8 minutes) average. Antetokounmpo won the prize with 941 points after being chosen first in 78 opportunities and 23 times in second place.
Harden finished in second place with 776 points and Paul George completed the podium with 356 points. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets – 212), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors – 175), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers – 69), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers – 49), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors – 25), KAwhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors – 13), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder – 8), Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz – 1) and LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers – 1) were the other players who received votes.
With physical and athletic qualities out of the ordinary, he built the best individual season of his life, where he devastated with every opponent he put in front, with a facility that really scared. The Greek Freak did what he wanted, and perhaps there is no better parameter to measure it than to say that he finished with the most points in the paint (17.5 per encounter) since a certain Shaquille O’Neal did it at the beginning of the 2000s when the league belonged to him.
Voting breakdown for MVP: pic.twitter.com/KpPXFsdv7w— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 25, 2019
If we add to all this that he is the defensive anchor of an elite team on that side of the court (in fact, he was also a finalist for the prize of the best defender that Rudy Gobert won), and that he is the main ball carrier of the attack, with more and more and better reading to create game, we speak of a force without equal . And this without mentioning that the outer launch is still a mole. What will happen if at some point it achieves consistency there?