Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo wins second straight NBA MVP

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While Antetokounmpo was the clear MVP favorite for most of the regular season, his selection wasn't announced until after Milwaukee's unexpected second-round loss to the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association bubble.

In capturing the award, Antetokounmpo becomes the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1993-94 to win both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. "If you did not win the whole thing, you've got to get better", Antetokounmpo said.

Antetokounmpo joins Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as back-to-back MVPs.

A lot of noise had been running since the start of the Heat-Bucks series about Giannis' case for the MVP award.

Antetokounmpo is eligible to become a free agent following the 2020-21 season and there has been speculation he could seek greener pastures in a new city, but the Milwaukee Bucks superstar said in an interview with ESPN Friday that he could see himself staying with the franchise long-term. At the end of the day, there's no emotion.

"It's been a long journey", Antetokounmpo added. You can never take these moments for granted. He received 16 first place votes, 84 second place votes and 1 third place vote.

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National Basketball Association awards voting this season only included games until the suspension of play on March 11.

It did not included the "seeding games" played when teams in contention for playoff spots once play resumed in a quarantine bubble environment at Orlando, Florida. He averaged a career-high 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds this season.

"That feeling can not take away from this award". "When I'm done with the game I want to be a champion, I want to be proud of what I have accomplished".

Antetokounmpo can sign the supermax extension with Milwaukee this offseason.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's historic year earned him a historic awards sweep. A small market that may not have the easiest means to build a championship-caliber roster, it's not hard to imagine Antetokounmpo would leave for another team.

Antetokounmpo had a three-hour meeting with Marc Lasry this week.

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