Dallas Mavericks’ Head Coach Full Of Praise For Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

Published 01/17/2021, 8:17 AM EST
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after a play against the Miami Heat during the first half of game four of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Giannis Antetokounmpo won the last two MVP awards given out in the NBA. While he ended up falling in the playoffs, Giannis is well on his way to establishing a very strong legacy for himself. He is also the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the third man after Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon to win both MVP and DPOY in the same year.

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The Milwaukee Bucks played the Dallas Mavericks day before, in a game that Milwaukee won by three points. Head coach of the Mavs, Rick Carlisle, spoke about Giannis after the game and was very praiseful. Giannis had 31 points, 9 rebounds, a block, and an assist.

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“He’s really such a unique player. We have not seen a player like him in the history of the game. At 6’10, 6’11 doing the things that he’s done on a full-court basis, defensively guarding every position on the floor, etc etc, etc. He’s just great, that’s all I can say.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Can he make a championship leap this season?

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Many players in the NBA today haven’t ever been champions. That is what happens when just a few teams have been making championship runs each year. As the parity of power in the league is more balanced now (outside the Brooklyn Nets), other players are expected to take a championship leap.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts a basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo comes at the top of that list. His two MVP seasons have been followed up with playoff disappointment. Last year they were blown away by the Miami Heat in 5 games in the second round. The year before, the team made it to the Conference Finals and blew a 2-0 lead against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors.

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The Bucks front-office has done a good job in giving Giannis a team he can contend with. While the decision to not re-sign Malcolm Brogdon last season will keep haunting them, they have done well, all things considered. Jrue Holiday looks like a good fit and the team looks well on their way to make a title run with Giannis at the helm.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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