Giannis Antetokounmpo is Monday night (local time), in California, voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the NBA. The star player of the Milwaukee Bucks, is the first Greek basketball player to ever receive the prestigious award to receive.
The 24-year-old Antekokounmpo in the election, in preference to Paul George and Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets-star-James Harden, who last year was named the most valuable player.
This is only the second time that a European, with the MVP award at the get go in the NBA. The German, Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), which was the last game of his career, he has played was in the 2006/2007 season for them.
“I am, most of all, my parents are very grateful for all they have sacrificed in their lives,” said Antekokounmpo in an emotional speech. “I don’t want to go into details, but it is their love and hard work is very important. There was a time when we have very little money, but the love was always there. This is something I will always remember it.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo by NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (Photo: Pro-Shots)
Milwaukee Bucks-writing of history due to Antekokounmpo
Antekokounmpo this season and make an important contribution to the excellent results achieved by the Milwaukee Bucks, who, as the winner of the regular season in the Eastern Conference for play-off places.
The Greeks scored an average of 27.7 points with 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. Thanks to its production and began to put the Bucks up for the first time since 2001, and for the final round of the Eastern Conference.
The band from Wisconsin, usa, in 1971, is the first and so far only time in the national basketball association (NBA title won, it was in that final battle being defeated by the Toronto Raptors. The team from Canada in the NBA finals, later on, to be strong for the Golden State Warriors.
And the award for ” talent of the year went to Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks. Also, among others, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, the defender of the year), and a Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors (the player with the best research and development) were considered in the awards.