By Elijah Hamilton
Published: March 6th, 2019
As we enter the home stretch of the 2018-19 NBA season, one of the ongoing debates among fans and media is who will take home the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.
This season, players such as Paul George and James Harden have made significant cases to why they should be MVP. Both are excellent all-stars in their own right and top candidates for a first team All-NBA selection. They have dominated the league thus far and are putting their team in the position to compete and make a deep playoff run.
Although both of those players have definitely built up a strong case for MVP, no one in the league has shown the will of an MVP quite like Milwaukee Bucks Forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo is currently enjoying a lot of success this season, putting the Bucks in position to finish the season out with the best record in the league. His case for MVP is simple, generally, the best player on the best team, record-wise, is usually a shoo-in for the MVP award.
Taking a deeper dive into Antetokounmpo’s stats, you’ll see that he currently leads the Milwaukee Bucks in all statistical categories including points per game (27.1), rebounds per game (12.6) and assists per game (6.0). Antetokounmpo is also currently averaging a steal and a block per game. He ranks top ten in scoring and rebounding throughout the league.
What makes Antetokounmpo stand out from the rest of the MVP race crowd, is his 58 percent field goal percentage, which is higher than the other candidates in the MVP race. Along with this, he is able to contribute all around giving excellent effort on the defensive side of the floor and on the glass.
Not only does Antetokounmpo thrive on the offensive side of the court, but he is also a nightmare for anybody he guards on the defensive side as well. He is one of the main catalysts behind Milwaukee’s best-ranked defensive efficiency rating which is number one among all teams to go along with an offense that is ranked number four in efficiency rating.
Antetokounmpo currently leads the pack in the MVP race according to Vegas odds and members of the media. He looks to end the season on a high note leading his team to the playoffs and making a run in the Eastern Conference as well as bringing home his first MVP trophy this June.