One Record Giannis Antetokounmpo Can Accomplish That Neither Michael Jordan or LeBron James Could

Published 03/02/2021, 4:30 PM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the NBA today, despite his recent struggles. The ‘Greek Freak’ has consistently shown, for the past few seasons, that he is one of the most dominant players to ever step foot in the NBA. But he could be on track to accomplishing something that even Michael Jordan and LeBron James could never do.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has the chance to make history

This season, if Giannis Antetokounmpo wins the MVP, he will become a consecutive three-time MVP. Only three players in the history of the NBA have won the MVP title three times consecutively – Bill Rusell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Larry Bird. Since Bird’s last MVP win, no player has achieved this historic feat.

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Feb 23, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks between Minnesota Timberwolves forward Juan Hernangomez (41) and center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the fourth quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Since 1986, most players have only been able to win two consecutive MVP titles. Players like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, LeBron James (twice), Steph Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been able to win the MVP title two years in a row. However, Giannis could make it three if he wins the MVP this season.

Can Giannis beat others to win an MVP?

The Grecian has a long road ahead of him. Currently, he is not one of the front-runners for MVP. Giannis has several players ahead of him, who are putting up excellent numbers this season, while their team is winning. This includes players like LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, and Paul George.

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Feb 12, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz win 129-115. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, there will be people who will hesitate to vote for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis won the MVP for the past two years. However, his performances in the NBA playoffs have been nothing compared to his regular-season numbers. The past two seasons, despite being the MVP and having the best record in the NBA with the Bucks, Giannis hasn’t reached the NBA finals.

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Can Giannis Antetokounmpo win his third consecutive MVP title this season? He has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to surpass the main contenders for the title this season. However, it might not be enough to convince the voters from last season who have buyer’s remorse from voting for him in the past season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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