NBA: A Look Into Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Case for MVP
The last few years in the NBA have seen some truly impressive player performances. This may be the most talented the league has been as a whole in a while. This season is no different with the likely names having dominant seasons. Although it seems like James Harden may be on his way to a 2nd straight MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo efforts on this season give a real reason about why he deserves it.
In its history, the MVP award has usually gone to the best player on the best team. Last season James Harden won the award with the Rockets being the best team in the league. There have been some outliers though. Two years ago Russell Westbrook won the award for his remarkable triple-double season average. Even though the Thunder weren’t the best in the league, his stats were too impressive to go unrecognized. The Milwaukee Bucks currently hold the league’s best record and are on their way to one of their best seasons in team history with Giannis at the helm.
2018 was close
This season under Mike Budenholzer the team, but more importantly Giannis, has taken a giant leap. Last season the Greek Freak put up MVP type numbers too. He averaged 26.9 points, 10 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He also averaged just over 1 block and 1 steal per game as well.
2019 Even Better
This season Antetokounmpo has been a Swiss army knife on the court. He’s at 27 points, 12.6 rebounds and 6 assists per game while still averaging just over 1 block and steal per game. At 57.9% from the field, he is one of the most efficient players on offense.
The lack of 3-point shooting doesn’t pose too much of a problem for him as he is able to get to the rim with ease. Giannis leads the league in 2-point field goals made, defensive rebounds and is 3rd in Player Efficiency Rating at 30.1. Diving deeper into the advanced stats he also leads the league in Defensive Rating, Win Shares and Defensive box plus/minus.
Although what James Harden is doing this season is absolutely insane, it has mainly been on the offensive end. The mark of a great player is the ability to perform at a high level on both offense and defense. What gives Antetokounmpo the nod over Harden is that he leads in multiple categories on both offense and defense. It is one thing to score the ball but it’s another thing to prevent your opponent from scoring as well. Giannis also has 22 more double-doubles than Harden and only 1 less triple-double. If the Greek Freak can keep his team in the driver’s seat down the stretch of the season it’ll almost seem like a robbery if he doesn’t win the MVP.
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