Bucks’ Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Repeats as League MVP
For the second straight season, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been selected the league MVP.
Beating out fellow finalists LeBron James and James Harden, the Milwaukee Bucks star received 85 of the 101 total first place votes, becoming one of only 13 players in league history to repeat as MVP.
“Obviously, I’m happy for tonight and I’m happy for this award, but I always look forward,” Antetokounmpo said during Friday’s virtual news conference. “I always try to figure out, how can I get better? How can I do it again? How can I do it for multiple years to come? How can I be a champion? I’m happy. I’m grateful, but how can I do it again?”
Leading the Bucks to the best record in the NBA, Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
— Giannis Ugo Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) September 18, 2020
“Going into the next year, obviously, I want to be a better jump-shooter. Every year, I want to be a better jump-shooter,” Antetokounmpo commented on what areas of his game he hopes to improve upon next. “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’s 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.”
As fas as his future with the Bucks organization, Antetokounmpo emphasized winning over everything.
“As long as everybody’s fighting for the same thing … which is to be a champion, I don’t see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years,” Antetokounmpo said upon accepting his award.
Prior to heading of for vacation, The Greek Freak met with Bucks ownership to discuss his future in Milwaukee and the future outlook of the organization. Antetokounmpo will become eligible for the super-max this coming offseason once free agency commences.
“Obviously, I would like to keep that conversation I had with the ownership and my coach and the general manager private, but at the end of the day, every team has got to improve. It’s simple. You’ve got to be better than what you were last year. If you did not win the whole thing, you’ve got to get better,” Antetokounmpo said on his conversation with ownership. “If you win the whole thing, you’ve got to get better and do it again. So, for now, our team has got to get better. I think we have great talent and as long as we improve individually and improve as a team we’re gonna be in a good spot.
“I left the meeting encouraged and was happy with what we discussed and for now, we’re on the same page. I was happy that they came and we had this long conversation about how we’re gonna get better and about things for the future, but, as I said, I was happy,” he continued. “I left the conversation encouraged, but I’ve been encouraged my whole career in Milwaukee. I know that we’ve gotten better each year and I know that Milwaukee has great people that view every year the same I do every year, which is to play well, improve and win it all. So, I’ve always been encouraged, but after the meeting I was encouraged, too.”
An interesting offseason in Milwaukee begins, but it should be almost a certainty that we can expect yet another big step forward from Giannis next season.