Impact of Giannis Antetokounmpo's All-NBA First Team Selection & MVP Odds Update

Friday, May 24, 2019 10:05 PM UTC

Friday, May. 24, 2019 10:05 PM UTC

Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo's jump in development continued this season. Antetokounmpo is favored to be named NBA MVP and his unanimous selection to the All-NBA First Team is a remarkable accomplishment.

<div><p>Antetokounmpo's regular season was incredible, he led the Bucks to the best record in the entire <a href="" target="_blank">NBA</a> at 60-22, securing home court advantage throughout the playoffs despite being without Malcolm Brogdon (foot), Nikola Mirotic (left thumb), Tony Snell (left ankle), Pau Gasol (ankle) and Donte DiVincenzo (heel) at different points of the season.</p><p>The Bucks were a solid team as a whole and Antetokounmpo as an individual was on a completely different level than most players in the league. All aspects of Antetokounmpo's game were either pretty good or elite in the regular season, except for his 3-point shot but it can improve as his career progresses.</p><p>Selected by the Bucks with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo has improved faster than most expected. He went to his first All-Star game in the 2016-17 season and this year he was named the captain of his own team in just his third All-Star appearance.<br /><br />The Greek Freak was the best player on the best team and over time we have seen how the league rewards the best team with a Most Valuable Player Award</p><p>Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 32.8 minutes over 72 games and he became the only player in league history to average over 29.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per 36 minutes.</p><p>These numbers can definitely help Antetokounmpo get MVP support and he was a disruptive and versatile defender, finishing the regular season with 110 blocks and 92 steals, he ranked fourth in the league among power forwards with a 3.30 defensive real plus-minus and he can guard all five positions. It's no coincidence that he's also nominated for the Defensive Player of the Year award.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Antetokounmpo became the first Bucks player since 1982-83 to be named to the All-NBA First Team since Sidney Moncrief following the 1982-83 season and now that he's made two All-NBA teams in a row, he's eligible for a 5-year, $247 million extension from the Bucks next summer, which would be the largest contract in NBA history.</p><p>Giannis Antetokounmpo is joined on the All-NBA First Team by James Harden, Stephen Curry, Paul George and Nikola Jokic and he's totaled 115 points, 70 rebounds, 29 assists and 13 blocks through the first five games of the Eastern Conference Finals. The last player to reach those totals through the first five games of a Conference Finals was Tim Duncan in the 2003 Western Conference Finals.</p><p><strong><u>2019 NBA MVP Odds<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";a=32d23ae6-903d-4dc8-a10e-a630923de1c0&amp;f=3" target="_blank">Jazz Sports</a>)</u></strong></p><p>Giannis Antetokounmpo -1500</p><p>James Harden +350</p><p>Paul George +3500</p><p><strong><u>2019 Defensive Player of the Year Odds</u></strong></p><p>Rudy Gobert -525</p><p>Giannis Antetokounmpo +300</p><p>Paul George +900</p></div>
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