Antetokounmpo picks up Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor

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FILE - Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts while holding the NBA Championship trophy, left, and Most Valuable Player trophy after defeating the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The Bucks won 105-98. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The NBA season just started, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is already earning recognition.

Antetokounmpo was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, for games played between October 24 and 30. The Bucks played three games last week, winning each one thanks to some stellar performances from their top forward.

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The Greek Freak averaged 35.7 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists over the three-game stretch. He also shot over 55% from the field in that time. He tallied a double-double in all three games, including 43 points and 14 rebounds against the Nets on Wednesday.

Monday marked the 18th time in Antetokounmpo’s career that he has been named Player of the Week. The six-time All-Star is looking to earn his third MVP Award this season, and lead the Bucks back to the NBA Finals after coming up short last year.

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Milwaukee is off to a flying start, winning each of the five games they’ve played so far. The Bucks are the only remaining undefeated team in the NBA. That’s despite being without Pat Connaughton, Khris Middleton and Joe Ingles.

The Bucks will put their undefeated record on the line Monday night when they host the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons are coming off of a big win over Golden State, their second victory of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.