1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
STATS: 26.8 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.3 bpg, 1.3 spg, 58.9 FG%
In a win over the Cavaliers, Giannis had 44 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks while shooting 73.7 percent. Three nights later, in a win over the Pistons, he had 32 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks while shooting 71.4 percent.
At this point, it’s almost shocking when Giannis doesn’t have a dominant performance. Few players can consistently post jaw-dropping stat-lines on a nightly basis, but Giannis is a match-up in literally every single game so a ridiculous performance is always possible (if not likely).
Also, he’s one of the few players that checks every box that voters consider when determining MVP since his stats are incredible, he gets the bulk of the credit for his team’s success (rather than splitting it with another star-caliber player) and his team is near the top of the standings (Milwaukee is 20-9, which is the second-best record in the NBA behind only the Toronto Raptors).
Honestly, it’s hard to imagine someone knocking a healthy Antetokounmpo out of the top spot anytime soon.
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