People don’t understand that the NBA Most Valuable Player award is an honor for regular season play. They just don’t understand that. I don’t understand why.
Which is why so many people thought they were right by criticizing Giannis Antetokounmpo for winning the honor for the second straight year on Friday.
During the regular season, “The Greek Freak” averaged 30 points a game and 14 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the NBA. Again.
Perhaps it was because play stopped for months because of the pandemic. Perhaps it’s because people still don’t pay attention to mid market teams. Maybe it’s just because they’ve been programmed to believe LeBron is the best no matter what.
It doesn’t make them any less wrong.
Luckily for us, the experts are still in charge and they still know what this award is all about.
And lucky for the league Giannis responded accordingly. “Don’t call me MVP until you can call me a champion” he said.
That’s awareness right there. He knows that these early playoff exits are unacceptable. That’s why he’s talking with the team about finding a true supporting cast (story HERE).
Character matters as the Most Valuable Player of one of the biggest sports leagues in the world. And we’re lucky Giannis is a humble winner. There are a lot of players that still need to learn that.
Hate it or love it, Giannis was the most valuable player in the NBA again this season.
You can say you don’t agree with the honor. But in doing so, you’ll be arguing against numbers, facts, and everything else that truly determines the great players in this league.