MILWAUKEE— Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced on Friday.
Antetokounmpo becomes only the third player in NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
He is the 12th player in NBA history to win back-to-back MVP's and the 14yh plyer to win multiple MVP's in a career.
“We are extremely grateful to witness Giannis earn the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive season and send congratulations to him and his family,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. “Giannis is an elite player and this historic achievement is a testament to his superior work ethic, character and determination to improve every day. He is a special player and an even better person, which makes it that much more gratifying that he is again recognized as our league’s MVP.”
“What Giannis does for our team on both ends of the court, every night, is extraordinary,” said Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. “As a teammate, he sets the bar for all of us through his incredible work ethic, his unselfishness and his drive to be the best. He impacts all of us as a player and a person, and we’re proud to congratulate him once again on being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.”
The NBA MVP award was voted on by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Antetokounmpo earned 85 first-place votes.
LeBron James and James Harden finished second and third, respectively.
(WAOW)—According to Adrian Wojnaroski, sources have told ESPN that Giannis Antetokounmpo has won his second consecutive MVP award.
The Milwaukee Bucks tweeted about the MVP award, indicating that those interested can find out if Antetokounmpo won the award at 1 pm CT on NBA TV.
This is a developing story that will be updated.