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Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by LukasPodolski: 3:52pm On Aug 09
Giannis Antetokounmpo named as finalist for 2020 MVP and Defensive player of the year

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named as a finalist for the NBA’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards for 2019-20.

As the Milwaukee Bucks continue their pursuit of an NBA championship in Orlando, news on Saturday highlighted how the Larry O’Brien trophy may not be the only piece of hardware the franchise could finish this season with.

With the NBA announcing the finalists for its 2019-20 awards, the Bucks were represented in three of the six categories as they’ll look to repeat their awards success from a year ago.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was one of the finalists for both the Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards, repeating his achievement from last year when he was also a finalist in both categories and came away as the MVP winner.

Meanwhile having recently been recognised as a joint winner of the Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year award for the current season, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer is also in the running for this year’s honor from the NBA. Of course, Coach Bud is also the reigning Coach of the Year winner.

Those three categories offered up no shocks from a Milwaukee perspective, although there will be some disappointment that neither Brook Lopez or George Hill earned finalist spots for Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year, respectively.

As for the finalists in the categories that featured Bucks’ representatives, Budenholzer is joined by Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, and Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan, the latter of whom has already shared Coaches Association honors with Bud for the season.

In the MVP race, Giannis will go up against James Harden, who will undoubtedly be given further reason to complain about rightfully losing out to Antetokounmpo for a second time, and LeBron James, who in pursuit of his fifth MVP win has been Giannis’ closest rival all season long.

On the Defensive Player of the Year front, James’ Lakers teammate Anthony Davis and reigning winner Rudy Gobert are the only two people who can potentially stand in the way of Giannis getting his hands on that trophy for a first time.

Antetokounmpo is currently deemed to be a clear favorite in the MVP race, and also looks to be the frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year.

If Giannis was to claim both awards when the winners are officially announced, he would join Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to ever win both awards in a single season, and enter into even more rarefied territory in terms of his overall legacy.

Considering Giannis is still just 25, this could ultimately prove to still be only the beginning for him in terms of accolades. Who knows, this season could even see him pick up an NBA championship and a Finals MVP award too, if all goes to plan for the Bucks in Orlando.

https://behindthebuckpass.com/2020/08/08/giannis-antetokounmpo-named-finalist-2020-mvp-defensive-player-year-awards/

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by LukasPodolski: 3:53pm On Aug 09
Giannis Shina Adetokunbo (Antetokounmpo)

is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Greece to Nigerian parents.

He won the last MVP award.

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by LukasPodolski: 3:53pm On Aug 09
If Giannis was to claim both awards when announced, he would join Micheal Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win both awards in a single season.

HAKEEM OLAJUWON

Born in Lagos, Nigeria (pictures below)



Lalasticlala
Mynd44
This is front page worthy.

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by VillageBus(m): 3:54pm On Aug 09
nice one, but we all know say na LeBron go win am.
He grew up with his mother whom is Igbo.

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by BrownLondon(m): 4:10pm On Aug 09
Yoruba boys making Naija proud.

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Tobimercy(f): 7:22pm On Aug 09
Not sure why you tagged me Oga.

The NBA and basketball, who which he’s been praised and known, recognises him as Greek.

Believe me, if they recognised him as Nigerian, I would be up in arms praising him as Nigerian. But he is Greek. Not sure why we want to pretend otherwise

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by earnit1: 7:22pm On Aug 09
Ok
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Slawormir: 7:22pm On Aug 09
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Nice one
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by NOHOLDSBAR: 7:22pm On Aug 09
Greek freak.

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Amspecial: 7:23pm On Aug 09
grin
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by NOHOLDSBAR: 7:23pm On Aug 09
LukasPodolski:
If Giannis was to claim both awards when announced, he would join Micheal Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win both awards in a single season.

HAKEEM OLAJUWON

Born in Lagos, Nigeria (pictures below)



Lalasticlala
Mynd44


This is front page worthy.

Hakeem the dream.

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by freshkpomo(m): 7:23pm On Aug 09
Verdict : 404



A united youth is an unstoppable force


#NYM


God bless Nigeria

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:23pm On Aug 09
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named as a finalist for the NBA’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards for 2019-20.
He deserves to be the winner outrightly.

This dude is just so good.

It is a joy watching him make those dunks.

He's one of the very BEST IN THE LEAGUE.

Our best player in NBA.

His brothers are getting there also.
Keep aiming high THE GREEK FREAK!

See as dem all tall and cute kiss
Joy of motherhood.

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Eriokanmi: 7:25pm On Aug 09
That's my guy cheesy
34 is the number

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Nicepoker(m): 7:26pm On Aug 09
BrownLondon:
Yoruba boys making Naija proud.
You have started. when hushpuppi was arrested you went into hiding. respect yourself

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by luminouz(m): 7:26pm On Aug 09
Nigeria always claim who no belong to them again sha...


He is Greek.

His country failed him when he needed her most, so let him be

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:26pm On Aug 09
Nicepoker:
You have started. when hushpuppi was arrested you went into hiding. respect yourself
Will you shut up and don't bring your daily nairaland tribalism to this wonderful thread please.

Moderators should bookmark profile of people like you on this forum to atleast make it sane to outsiders.
Not all of us love to read your daily tribalism by here.

Can't we just open a thread without seeing any of your tribal and religion foolishness for once?
WTF does Hushpuppi gats to do with this Giannis thread now?!

So annoying!
Shame on you!!

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by zeusdgrt(m): 7:27pm On Aug 09
Hmmm,all this tribal humans go soon flood here now. grin grin
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Eriokanmi: 7:27pm On Aug 09
Tobimercy:
In the MVP race, Giannis will go up against James Harden, who will undoubtedly be given further reason to complain about rightfully losing out to Antetokounmpo for a second time, and LeBron James, who in pursuit of his fifth MVP win has been Giannis’ closest rival all season long.
yea
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Nobody: 7:28pm On Aug 09
Yoruba to the world

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Golan007: 7:28pm On Aug 09
Nigerian Greek.
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Kemimarch16(f): 7:29pm On Aug 09
Nice one omo Yoruba pataki

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Eriokanmi: 7:29pm On Aug 09
Nicepoker:
You have started. when hushpuppi was arrested you went into hiding. respect yourself
grin

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by IMO01: 7:30pm On Aug 09
Nice
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by martineverest(m): 7:30pm On Aug 09
he is Greek ,not Nigerian..

the fact the his parents greek-cised 'adetokunbo' to antemtokumpo speaks alot

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Jaqenhghar: 7:30pm On Aug 09
Nigeria's Giannis abi Greece's Giannis?
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Dangrace01: 7:30pm On Aug 09
K
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by martineverest(m): 7:31pm On Aug 09
Jaqenhghar:
Nigeria's Giannis abi Greece's Giannis?
Na Greek o....Nigerians wan claim am by force

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Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Jaqenhghar: 7:33pm On Aug 09
martineverest:
Na Greek o....Nigerians wan claim am by force
You dey mind them?
Re: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named As Finalist For 2020 NBA MVP And DPY Of The Year by Gabe427: 7:33pm On Aug 09
We all know LeBron deserves it this time forget the fact that he has lost a lot of that King aggressiveness he had when he was much younger.
But having to lead a team such as the current one with all Stars and big names and still maintain that efficiency and love on the court then you should know he's put in a lot of effort as he did with his previous teams
Dude is a traiblazzer and a leader


Team Bron all the way

Modified: I laugh at Nigerians claiming Gianni's
he is Greek and would always be the Greek freak...

Always looking to reap where they didn't sow.

If your looking for a confirm Nigeria check out the most improved player this season Bam Adebayo dude has really done well.

I'm hear ranting cause we hardly get basketball on the frontpage.

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