Why Giannis Antetokounmpo should be the NBA MVP

While the All-Star break continues, we look at why Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the NBA MVP so far. Antetokounmpo is the best player on the best team in the league, so it can be tough to say no to him based just on that. The Bucks have an NBA-best 43-14 record, they lead the league, allowing just 103.5 points per 100 possessions, they outscore opponents by an NBA-best 9.6 points-per-100 and it all starts and revolves around The Greek Freak.

The Bucks built their roster to make sure that Giannis Antetokounmpo can play in more space and be surrounded by knockdown shooters. Giannis is playing 33.2 minutes per game, fewer than he has since his second season in the league yet he's averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and assists and his 3-point shot is coming around, as he's made 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers in the last six games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is on pace to become the first player to average 27 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists per game since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season. Antetokounmpo dominates in the paint and he's also a disruptive and versatile defender, as he's just one of two players with at least 75 blocks and 75 steals this season and he's fifth in the league in defensive real plus-minus among power forwards. This is a player that checks all the boxes to be the NBA MVP: team success, incredible individual statistics, impact as a two-way player and popularity.

NBA MVP Award Odds at Jazz Sports

James Harden -350

Giannis Antetokounmpo +200

Paul George +500

LeBron James +1700

Stephen Curry +1700

Kawhi Leonard +2000

Joel Embiid +2000

Anthony Davis +3000

Kevin Durant +3000

Russell Westbrook +5000

Damian Lillard +5000

Nikola Jokic +5000

Karl-Anthony Towns +10000

Ben Simmons +10000

Kyrie Irving +10000

DeMar DeRozan +10000

Chris Paul +10000

Donovan Mitchell +10000

Jimmy Butler +10000

LaMarcus Aldridge +10000

Lonzo Ball +10000

Devin Booker +10000

Jayson Tatum +10000

Kyle Lowry +10000

DeMarcus Cousins +15000

Field (any other) +5000

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