Antetokounmpo joins Jordan (1987-88 season) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94 season) as the only players to win the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. The chronological list of back-to-back winners: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, James, Curry and Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo came close to joining the club last season by winning MVP and finishing second in the defensive player balloting.
But, once again, the MVP award carries a bittersweet tinge after the top-seeded Bucks fell in five games to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals in the quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.
"But at the end of the day I won the award". Numerous teams have been rumored to have interest in Antetokounmpo, but he has long expressed a desire to remain in Milwaukee and told Yahoo Sports this month that he would not request a trade this summer. His impressive overall game made for a clear-cut MVP win, as he received 85-first place votes compared to LeBron James' 16.
National Basketball Association awards voting this season only included games until the suspension of play on March 11. He averaged a career-high 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds this season.
"Obviously, I am disappointed to not be able to help our team go to the third round", he said. After a quick second-round exit in the playoffs, many began to speculate whether or not Antetokounmpo would want to stay in Milwaukee.
Giannis recently sat down with Bucks ownership for a lengthy meeting to discuss the season and the future.
There has been widespread speculation as to whether a player of Antetokounmpo's stature will be happy to remain in the small market of Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo has a decision to make in the offseason about signing an extension with Milwaukee or entering the 2020-21 season in the final year of his contract, making him eligible for free agency in 2021.
He met with Bucks owners including Marc Lasry before heading to Greece and has indicated he'd be open to staying. "As long as everybody is on the same page and as long as everybody is fighting for the same thing, which is to be a champion, I don't see why [I wouldn't] be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years".