Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Will Miss Out on MVP Despite Improved Individual Campaign

Published 05/05/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) brings the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The last few seasons have had some intense MVP campaigns. However, it had just been a contest among two players. In the last two seasons, Giannis Antetokounmpo beat LeBron James and James Harden. But this season is a different story.

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The current favorite to win the award is Nikola Jokic, but players like Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, James Harden, Chris Paul, and Giannis are closely trailing him. But with the other players getting so much attention, many have ignored the improved campaign from the Greek Freak.

The reigning MVP Giannis is having another excellent season with the Bucks. While the Bucks have not been at their dominant best, Giannis’ performance has been out of his world. He has improved in multiple stats categories and is also doing a lot more on the court. But despite this, it is unlikely that he will win his third consecutive MVP.

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Voter fatigue and the need for a new story

The worst and the biggest factor for Giannis being overlooked is voter fatigue. It is cruel that players are actually suffering from their success, and this is the result of it.

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the two biggest victims of voter fatigue. After a point, voters were tired of seeing them win repeatedly, so they choose a new player. Giannis is likely to suffer from this too after winning the last two MVPs. Voters have seen him on the podium already, and now they want someone else with a better story.

Jan 21, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

A player like Joel Embiid or Nikola Jokic winning it would serve well for these stories. Embiid is a traditional big who some feel is playing in the wrong era. So if he wins it, it will be huge. As for Jokic, a second-round pick going all the way to MVP sounds like a farfetched dream. But maybe not anymore.

Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t have the same impact as Nikola Jokic

There is no doubt that Giannis is one of the best players in the league. His individual stats and team record speak for him. However, his impact on the team isn’t the same as what Jokic is doing for the Nuggets. After picking up on the defensive end recently, Jokic is everywhere on the court for the Nuggets. Scoring, rebounding, playmaking, and defending, he is doing it all.

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Jokic’s Nuggets also have a better record than the Bucks, and he is doing this without any All-Star teammates. Giannis has two former All-Stars on the team who are still in their prime.

This is why, despite Giannis’ brilliance, Jokic deserves to win the MVP instead.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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