Antetokounmpo Wins Second Straight MVP

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Nolan Brown, Sports Editor

For the second straight year, the Milwaukee Bucks 6’11 superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo took home the League MVP honors. This feat placed Antetokounmpo in special company, among the likes of NBA superstars such as Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to repeat in back to back years. The decision came from a panel of 101 sports writers and journalists across the nation, with Antetokounmpo receiving 85 of said votes, followed by LeBron James with 16. Along with this respectful nod, Antetokounmpo also managed to steal the DOPY (Defensive Player of the Year) award being only the third player in NBA history to win both within the same season. Antetokounmpo, the “small” forward, finished the season with 29.5 PPG (points per game), 13.6 RPG (rebounds per game), and 5.6 APG (assists per game). Despite his outstanding performance and the Bucks leading the league in wins for a second straight year, they were eliminated in the conference semifinals by Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. All of these factors have combined to create a tense atmosphere across the board as Antetokounmpo approaches a contract extension that could leave him as this year’s most sought after free agent.