MILWAUKEE (WAOW) — An MVP award is certainly possible, if not likely, in the very near future for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
While we still await the verdict on the winner of the league’s highest individual award, however, we found out Thursday that the Greek Freak’s All-NBA status is iron-clad.
Per a press release from the Bucks, Antetokounmpo was unanimously selected to the All-NBA First Team, becoming the fourth player in franchise history — and the first since the 1982-83 season, when Sidney Moncrief accomplished the feat — to receive such honors.
Giannis led the Milwaukee to the best record (60-22) in the NBA and the team’s most wins since the 1980-81 season, while setting new career highs in points (27.7, third in the NBA), rebounds (12.5, sixth in the league) and assists (5.9) per game. He also became just the ninth player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game.
Antetokounmpo, who joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marques Johnson and Moncrief on the list of Bucks who have made the All-NBA First Team, also averaged 1.5 blocks per game en route to being named to the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team.
Antetokounmpo is joined on the All-NBA First Team by James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić.
The Bucks will need another All-NBA type performance from Antetokounmpo in Thursday’s pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors.