Giannis Antetokoumpo over 45 games has averaged 30/13/6/1/1 on 60.8 TS% in only 30.7 MPG. Has he already locked in his second straight MVP?
Its mind blowing to see the numbers he has been putting up in basically 3 quarters a night. The Bucks have consistently been the best team in the NBA this season so far being led by Giannis, and with a 42-7 record are on pace to win 70 GAMES, easily secure the 1st seed in the east, and likely lock in home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Meanwhile Giannis himself has been dominating, putting up a career high in PTS and a career best 31.6% from 3 on 5.0 3PA.
IMO Harden has almost completely shot himself out of the MVP race with his play as of late, Lebron has been great but with AD playing next to him I don't think he'll receive it either. Mavs wont win enough for Luka to get any real attention and the only other player I can think of is Jokic, but as great as he has been it still doesn't compare to the numbers and impact Giannis has had.
So has the Greek Freak already locked in back to back MVPs? It seems to be a one man race headed into the ASG but anything can happen I suppose
[–]Rockets screwt 784 指標 19小時前
To me, there's not even another player in the running other than Giannis.
[–]Celtics avelak 23 指標 17小時前
Yeah I was kinda stanning Harden when he was averaging close to 40 (and thought he was MVP last year)... But now his season is worse than last year, and Giannis is better than last year, so it's an absolute no-brainer unanimous vote in my mind
[–]Raptors veebs7 338 指標 19小時前
Agreed. I would have made an argument for Harden a while ago, but now it’s not even close
[–]ShadowClawz 191 指標 19小時前
That streak of bad 3pt shooting made Giannis the second unanimous
[–][MIA] Jimmy Butler qwerty7990 188 指標 17小時前
Every time I hear about unanimous MVPs I can't help but think back to how much better LeBron James was in 2012-13, yet still didn't get it. Steph 100% deserves it, and if Giannis gets it this year, he will have also deserved it assuming he keeps up this level of play. But Bron 100% deserved to be the first unanimous MVP that year.
[–][TOR] Hakeem Olajuwon foreverapanda 183 指標 17小時前
What do you mean? It was totally reasonable to vote for Carmelo Anthony that year.
He outscored Lebron by 1.9 ppg and only played 9 fewer games than Lebron. To top it off, he almost beat Lebron in rebounds and more than a third of Brons assists. And his team only won 12 fewer games. And damn it, he may not have been DPOY level like Lebron that year, but he tried his best.
Obvious sarcasm, Melo had a great year, but Lebron that year was bonkers. Dude who voted for Melo should have been banned from voting for life, especially cause he said he voted Melo because it was obvious that Lebron would win.
[–]Bucks Kobe_AYEEEEE 22 指標 16小時前
You actually had me going for a second there lol
[–][LAL] Brian Cook OrnsteinBagels 16 指標 16小時前
You could say the same thing about several prior MVP’s. Shaq comes to mind for me but I’m sure Jordan had at least one season like that, and players before him. Honestly all of the seasons where they’re a vote or two away from unanimous should be held in the same regard as Steph’s.
[–][CLE] Cedi Osman llewellynjean 67 指標 19小時前
Yea, Giannis is ahead by a country mile.
Still, there a small, but non-zero chance that if the Lakers get hot (like 25-5 over their last 30 games) there could be some LeBron buzz.
Media needs to give Giannis a foil to make the race seem closer than it is and LeBron would be the obvious candidate
[–][CLE] Eric Snow ggghhhhhh 24 指標 16小時前
I don't think that would be enough. I think the Bucks would have to fall off PLUS the Lakers would have to get extremely hot. If Bucks and Lakers both end up going, say, 66-16, then there would be an argument at least. Giannis probably still wins in a close race in that case.
Plus, for that to happen the Lakers would have to go 29-5 and the Bucks would have to go 24-9. That feels unlikely, especially as it feels like the Lakers have stopped giving max defensive effort on a nightly basis.
Budenholzer turns his teams into regular-season machines, dating back to the Hawks. I'm skeptical about the Bucks in the playoffs, but this team plays hard every night, has a killer offensive and defensive system, and doesn't take nights off.
[–]Minneapolis Lakers DouglassFunny 34 指標 16小時前
Giannis is the MVP in my opinion but the Lakers would fall off a cliff without Lebron.
[–]llibcram 2 指標 17小時前
[–][LAL] Brandon Ingram xElectricW 40 指標 16小時前
MVP contender that’s not even an 8 seed, nice
[–]Heat masterRoshi9 7 指標 14小時前
Dame has certainly been playing well enough, but with the discrepancy in team success I think you’re right
[–]Rockets LeBronBlackedAyesha 343 指標 19小時前
Yes, he’s lapped everyone. The clearest MVP since 2015-16 Curry imo.
[–]Timberwolves X-iStheGr8estWRapper 157 指標 18小時前
Playing devils advocate here.
Lets say for arguments sake, Lillard manages to drag his team to the 6-7 seed (ik 7 games is a lot to come back from) while maintaining this absurd streak he’s been on.
Does he get some votes for dragging them into the playoffs?
[–]Nets McShpoochen 147 指標 18小時前
Yes but will ultimately come up short which is understandable
[–]Mavericks humax02 18 指標 17小時前
That wont happen 100%.Lillard is having a run same like how Harden and Luka had.Giannis is consistent in the whole season,he will get it 100%.
[–]Trail Blazers pdxbball1717 6 指標 17小時前
Luka didn’t have a run where he averaged 48 points and 11 assists.
[–]Mavericks DirkNowitzkisWife 8 指標 16小時前
I’m nervous watching Lillard that he’s playing his way onto all NBA 1st team, and knocking Luka off.
[–]Classics22 7 指標 14小時前
Luka's health is going to sink him more than anything. If he ends up only playing 60 games Dame will take it
[–]Hawks KredditH 7 指標 17小時前
Nope. MVPs are almost always one or two seeds and on top of that Giannis is literally averaging way more points per minute, has been more efficient and is miles above him on defense while winning way more games
[–][MIA] Jimmy Butler qwerty7990 5 指標 17小時前
If dame closed the rest of the season averaging 45ppg, he'd probably win MVP. Only reason Harden didnt with his ridiculous scoring is because his playstyle is ridiculously unpopular
[–]Hawks KredditH 142 指標 17小時前
How is this upvoted? This is just false regarding why harden didn’t win. Giannis had one of the best regular seasons of all-time while winning way more games, that’s why harden didn’t win MVP.
[–][MIA] Jimmy Butler qwerty7990 -2 指標 16小時前
Because Harden averaged 35 ppg and if a player did that while playing watchable basketball, it'd win MVP every time
[–]76ers LeveonNumber1 119 指標 16小時前
Kobe disagrees from the grave.
[–]NBA Money282 10 指標 14小時前
God this still hurts to read.
[–]Jazz polynomials 17 指標 15小時前
Kobe was extremely watchable though.
[–]Grizzlies WolvesArrow 66 指標 15小時前
That's his point. Kobe averaged 35 in an entertaining fashion in 05 and 06 and didn't win MVP.
[–][LAL] Marcelo Huertas henstobs11 22 指標 19小時前
Yes. It's just a battle for runner up.
[–]Bulls wowanotherburner 156 指標 19小時前
He's an easy pick at this point. But calling it locked in with half the season left is stupid.
[–]Bucks The_Sign_of_Zeta 80 指標 19小時前
The only thing that I can see stopping it is a serious injury.
[–]Pelicans stebus88 7 指標 19小時前
Barring a catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to Giannis. Bron and Harden are in the discussion but I think they would have to do something ridiculously special over the rest of the season to win it.
[–]Lakers PlayedLikeADiddle 58 指標 19小時前
Unless he gets injured and another player like Dame continues to average 40 for thr rest of the season then it's a lock fo Giannis
[–]Chime509 23 指標 18小時前
Giannis gets hurt, the Blazers claw back to a 6 or higher seed, AND Dame scores 40+ in every game. None of those things are likely to happen.
[–]Raptors SourceCodeSeller 13 指標 18小時前
If the blazers get higher then 6 seed and dame averages 40 a game he could very well get it
[–]Celtics avelak 8 指標 16小時前
Eh, Harden basically did that last year and lost to Giannis... And Giannis is even better this year
[–][UTA] Rudy Gobert GobertIsMyDaddy 2 指標 8小時前
Yeah, but people like Dame.
[–]Pistons Venoooooooooooooooom 47 指標 18小時前
Dame + successful playoff push = 2nd place in MVP voting
[–]incognegromode86 24 指標 18小時前
I came here to say dame. I think he is playing better basketball than everybody right now
[–]Pistons Venoooooooooooooooom 1 指標 16小時前
I know, everyone seems to have been brainwashed from the fact that he has two 60 pieces in this season alone. If his team was a little better, he’d probably be up there with Giannis in the popular vote.
[–]baudinl 9 指標 18小時前
He is very obviously the most valuable player, but the MVP award is a much more narrative-based award. For that reason, Lillard might have a case if he keeps playing well and Blazers get into the playoffs with a good seed.
[–]Lakers CmonTouchIt 3 指標 15小時前
God damn, in only 30 fucking mins, not to mention his defensive numbers...
Massive lebron fan but Giannis is making magic in Milwaukee, I really don't think you can give it to anyone else. He really is doing it all, in less minutes than anyone else....
[–]KentaviusCaldwelPoop 3 指標 14小時前
Giannis isn't doing anything historic as Steph 2016 - leading the league in layup% and 3 pt % on highest volume, 73-9, leading in steals, scoring leader, etc.. From an offensive standpoint there are like 5 other players that are on par with Giannis but their team is so much worse without them.
[–]Thunder moneybooy 7 指標 19小時前
LeBron has an argument but only if the Lakers have the best record
[–]Classics 22 31 指標 19小時前
Lebron is scoring much much worse, rebounding much worse, winning less, and is a significantly worse defender as well. EVen if they somehow end up with a little better record than the Bucks the only thing he's doing better on a basketball floor right now is passing, I have no idea how he'd win it.
[–]Cavaliers kmillz1 2 指標 14小時前
He's definitely leading but I'm kind of surprised more people aren't putting LeBron in the conversation. The Lakers have the 2nd best record and he is leading the league in assists while still scoring 25 PPG. It seems like every year he doesn't win its because of team record, but his team has a very good record this year.
[–][HOU] James Harden tmmymrtn 1 指標 11小時前
Thank you for mentioning Lebron. Everybody's saying Giannis by a mile, or Giannis and it's not even close. Lebron is having an incredible season and to not even consider him an MVP contender is disrespectful.
[–]Cavaliers kmillz1 3 指標 10小時前
I was on team Harden til his recent slump but LeBron absolutely should be in the conversation.
[–]Bucks BeHereNow91 7 指標 15小時前
What happened to Harden? Seems like he was averaging 40ppg then just stopped making headlines.
[–]Suns peanutdakidnappa 21 指標 15小時前
Major shooting slump then some minor injuries, had probably his worst month over the past 2 seasons. Rockets also weren’t doing very good during that stretch