The Greek forward of the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, repeated the achievement of Michael Jordan following the results of the NBA playoff final against the Phoenix Suns, according to the league’s website.
Milwaukee beat Phoenix 105-98 on Tuesday in the sixth game of the finals and became the NBA champion for the first time since 1971. Antetokounmpo was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the playoff finals. The Greek has previously twice won the award for the most valuable player of the NBA season (2019, 2020) and the best defensive player of the league (2020).
Thus, Antetokounmpo repeated the achievement of Jordan, who until then was the only player in the history of the NBA to win two regular seasons MVP, one finals MVP and one award for the best defensive player.
In addition, the 26-year-old Greek became the second player in the history of the NBA to score at least 40 points and 10 rebounds three times in one NBA playoff final. He joined Shaquille O’Neal, who made it to the finals in 2000.
Antetokounmpo also became the fifth international player to receive the MVP award of the NBA Playoff finals. Previously, this was achieved by German Dirk Nowitzki (2011), Frenchman Tony Parker (2007), Tim Duncan (1999, 2003, and 2005) from the US Virgin Islands and Nigerian Hakim Olajuwon (1994, 1995).
“I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me. I want to thank my teammates for playing at full strength with me. I am grateful that I was able to do this. I’m happy that I was able to do this with the team for Milwaukee. And coach Bud (Mike Budenholzer) says that we have to do it again,” Antetokounmpo was quoted as saying by France-Presse.