As we head deeper into the 2020 NBA playoffs, the league has been announcing all the major awards for the 2019-20 regular season. Giannis Antetokounpo (Milwaukee BUcks), LeBron James (LA Lakers), and James Harden (Houston Rockets) were the finalists for the NBA regular-season MVP award. This latest NBA news update is brought to you by ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who is currently inside the Orlando bubble.
Ahead of tonight's LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Western Conference Finals matchup, NBA was scheduled to announce the winner of the 2019-20 regular season MVP. However, Woj has just reported that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounpo is set to win his 2nd straight NBA MVP award.
NBA news update: Giannis Antetokounmpo wins 2019-20 MVP award
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo has once again been named the NBA MVP for the 2019-20 season. The 25-year-old dominated the regular season with an average of 29.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. Milwaukee Bucks also had the best record in the league in the regular season.
After winning the NBA MVP last year, Giannis Antetokounmpo has successfully backed it up again this year. Earlier in the season, Giannis was also named the 'Defensive Player of The Year'. This puts the Greek Freak in an elite list along with Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to have won DPOY and NBA MVP in the same season.
NBA News Update: LeBron James's wait for his 5th MVP award continues
It was a closely contested battle between LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo this year. LeBron James dominated in the West with 25.3 points, 10.2 assists, and 7.8 rebounds in the regular season. There was an argument among NBA fans and experts as to why the 35-year-old deserves to win the NBA MVP award this year over Giannis.
By winning his second regular season MVP award, Giannis becomes only the third player in history to win the award multiple times before turning 26. LA Lakers' LeBron James is also a part of this elite list.
Despite their dominance in the regular season, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have yet again failed to make an impact in the postseason. The 2020 MVP's goal for next year would be to lead Milwaukee Bucks win an NBA championship.
Published 18 Sep 2020, 21:08 IST