MANILA, Philippines – Giannis Antetokounmpo secured a place in the NBA annals by winning his first MVP plum in the 2019 NBA Awards on Monday, June 24 (Tuesday, June 25, Philippine time).
The 24-year-old workhorse became the first player from Greece to be named NBA MVP and the first from the Milwaukee Bucks to win the award since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar triumphed in the 1973-74 season.
Leading the Bucks to an NBA-best 60-22 record last season, Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.3 steals to dethrone James Harden of the Houston Rockets.
Antetokounmpo also bested Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the NBA’s highest individual honor.
Harden, a perennial MVP contender, normed 36.6 points, 7.5 assists, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.0 steals; while George averaged 28.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.2 steals. – Rappler.com