Antetokounmpo wins 2nd straight NBA MVP award


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic year earned him a historic awards sweep.

For the second year in a row, Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee forward, is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

Antetokounmpo is the 12th player in NBA history to win back-to-back MVPs, and the 14th player to win multiple MVPs in a career.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the announcement Friday morning.

The 25-year-old Antetokounmpo becomes just the third player in league history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, joining only Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon.

“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,” Bucks General Manager Jon Horst said. “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.”

On Wednesday, Antetokounmpo was unanimously selected as a member of the 2019-2020 All-NBA First Team.

Antetokounmpo was also named Defensive Player of the Year in late August.