Giannis’ Quiet MVP Run

The Milwaukee Bucks are quietly one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference — mainly because Giannis Antetokounmpo is quietly providing another MVP-caliber season.

With Thursday’s battering of the 2-seed Warriors and last week’s win over the 3-seed Nets — their second win over Brooklyn — the Greek Freak has led the Bucks to the most wins in the East (27) and put them 2.5 games behind the 1-seed Bulls.

Milwaukee inflicted the largest halftime deficit (39) in Warriors history thanks to a near-perfect, historic night from Giannis, who finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and three blocks in only 29 minutes.

  • Giannis became the first player in NBA history to lead both teams outright in those categories while playing less than 30 minutes.
  • He’s the first with multiple 30-point triple-doubles in fewer than 30 minutes over the last 40 seasons.
  • He’s only the fourth player to ever record a 30-point triple-double in 30 minutes.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.5 PPG, more than his first MVP season in 2018-19 (27.7) and one point less than his second MVP in the following season (29.5). He’s worth every cent of his five-year, $228 supermax extension in 2020 — and clearly worth more than the eighth-highest NBA salary ($39.4M).

Giannis has the third-best odds (+600*) to win a third MVP, trailing only Steph Curry (+160*) and Kevin Durant (+190*).