MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the award collector

The Greek player is crowned MVP of the All Star with a perfect performance in the shot (16 of 16) and 35 points. Giannis is only missing the ring.


Giannis Antetokounmpo continues his climb towards the nomenclature of legend. The Greek, who does not stop conquering individual distinctions, has become the All Star MVP after an absolutely monstrous performance. 35 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a spectacular shooting series: 16 of 16 in field goals with 3 of 3 in triples. And a +17 with him on the track. All this has given him the award that bears the name of Kobe Bryant as a tribute to the deceased star, one that he had not yet conquered and that continues to increase the string of individual distinctions, a list that does not stop growing and that already leaves him, at only 26 years old, as one of the best players of the present, and with a future in which there is no ceiling in sight.The Greek, who signed the highest renewal in history with the Bucks a few months ago (228.2 million in five seasons), won the award for Most Improved Player in 2017, the MVP of the season in 2019, and repeated that last award last year, when he also joined it with the award for Best Defender. That fact put him next to the greats, since only David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Garnett and Michael Jordan had collected the two awards. And only Jordan and Hakeem did it in the same season. A spectacular fact that completes a curriculum that includes five All Star appearances, two nominations for the best quintet of the season and a video game statistics.

Giannis is missing the eternal absence of the ring. After threatening to leave the Bucks to seek the dream of the championship elsewhere, the star will continue to be linked to the only franchise he has been with since his landing in the best league in the world, back in 2013. And his mission will continue to lead her to the ring in a playoffs that have always choked him, his coach Mike Budenholzer and his team. That will be the great mission this season of some Bucks who are trying new things in the regular season, without obsessing about achieving the best record and focusing on surrounding their star well and having alternatives beyond that single plan that has always limited them a lot to the time to compete, in a tie, with tactically richer teams and with many weapons to curb the power of the Greek.

The Greek's Achilles heel will be put to the test at the end of May, when the final phase begins. At the moment, Giannis is still legitimately opposing the MVP and the Best Defender award again, with averages of 29 points, 11.7 rebounds and almost 6 assists per night, to which he adds 1.3 steals, 1.4 blocks and 55.7% in field goals (with less than 30% in triples and problems in free throws, two of the things that he continues to try to improve). Of course, regardless of what happens then, Antetokounmpo is part of the history of the NBA, and a living legend who has added one more award to his carousel, with a sublime performance, one of the best in recent years. in the All Star. A new MVP for Giannis Antetokounmpo, the award collector.

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