Does Giannis Antetokounmpo Lose MVP Consideration if Milwaukee Bucks Are Eliminated?
What is an MVP? There are many definitions but none are absolute. Is it the best player with the best record? Giannis Antetokounmpo fits the bill. Or is it the player who dug the team out of a hole and brought them back into contention? James Harden fits that description. In fact, there’s only one thing that matters in sports, that’s championships. NBA players say it doesn’t matter what they do in the regular season because it’s the post-season that matters. Reporters have also asked Giannis this same question. His reply was with this answer as well. So should what happens in the playoffs, affect your MVP status?
The way they give the awards out today, it seems like they build the narrative like that. The NBA used to give the MVP trophy in the second round of the playoffs, and that meant more because it was right after the season and fans are seeing the MVP in the playoffs. Now that they give the awards out after the finals, it makes it seem like what happens in the playoffs matters and it doesn’t give any weight to what happens in the regular season.
Players like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant got their MVP after tending to coast during the regular season and turning on their switch during the playoffs. For some, it’s hard to keep up an MVP level of play throughout the season and continue that in the playoffs. Russell Westbrook is proof of that with him averaging triple-doubles in the regular season and playing poorly in the postseason.
If Giannis loses in the playoffs, I don’t think he should lose MVP consideration. He was the best player on the team with the best record and he made the big jump to being a top 3 NBA player. The team made a huge jump from being the seventh seed to the number one in the east. He had something to prove this season by playing like an MVP. Now we can take him seriously as a superstar.
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