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Giannis (unanimously) named 1st team All-NBA

1st Bucks player since 1983

Milwaukee - Giannis Antetokounmpo was unanimously selected to the All-NBA First Team, the league announced Thursday, marking the first Bucks player to earn First Team honors since Sidney Moncrief following the 1982-83 season. The Bucks forward is just the fourth player in franchise history to garner All-NBA First Team honors, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marques Johnson and Moncrief.

In his sixth NBA season, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks 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, ranked 3rd in the NBA), rebounds (12.5, ranked 6th in the NBA) and assists (5.9) per game. He became just the ninth player in NBA history to average at least 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

 

Antetokounmpo also averaged 1.5 blocks per game – the second-highest mark of his career – and was named to the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Giannis shot a franchise-best 57.8 percent (ranked 11th in the NBA) from the field and earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors four times.

 

In February, Antetokounmpo made his third consecutive start in the All-Star Game as he captained Team Giannis in the 68th NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. Antetokounmpo became a starter after receiving the most player votes (269), tied for the second most media votes (99) and the second-most fan votes (4,375,747).

 

Antetokounmpo is joined on the All-NBA First Team by James Harden (Houston), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Paul George (Oklahoma City) and Nikola Jokić (Denver).

 

 


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