Lately there has been some speculation about the Milwaukee Bucks trading Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Golden State Warriors so that the young superstar can team up with Steph Curry, a player he publicly admires.
The rumors are a bit premature and most likely not very realistic, but it’s always fun to fantasize.
Antetokounmpo may not ever join Curry on the hardwood, but he just joined him in the history books. On Friday morning, it was announced that Antetokounmpo was the winner of the 2019-20 NBA Most Valuable Player award.
Congratulations, @Giannis_An34!! pic.twitter.com/CG03CFsq3n— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) September 18, 2020
Antetokounmpo won the award rather handily, securing 85 of the 101 first place votes. The other 16 went to the second-place winner, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden, Luka Dončić, and Kawhi Leonard rounded out the top five, in that order.
Full MVP voting results ... pic.twitter.com/uMmxqODTAN— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 18, 2020
Antetokounmpo also won the prestigious award last year, making him the first player since Curry to win back-to-back MVP trophies. He becomes just the 12th player in NBA history to accomplish such a feat, and only the third active player (joining Curry and James).
It’s a remarkable achievement for a player who is still just 25 years old. He has many more great things ahead of him, even if it was a disappointing conclusion to the season, as the top-seeded Bucks lost to the Miami Heat in a surprisingly uncompetitive Eastern Conference Semifinals showdown.
That’s more fuel for the Giannis-to-the-Bay rumors, even if they’re just that: rumors. It certainly would be special though, pairing up the two, who have combined to win four of the last six MVP trophies.
I guess we can dream.