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.
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*).