Just after the league instructed teams on Friday that the races for MVP and other normal-season unique awards are now about — ahead of the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida — the determination arrived as information to Budenholzer.
“I experienced no notion that that was the scenario, but it will make feeling. I think it was 64, 65, 66 online games for distinctive groups so which is certainly a substantial entire body of operate and extra importantly, absolutely, Giannis in our minds has done extra than sufficient to have earned a back again-to-back again MVP,” Budenholzer said. “What he does for us on the two ends of the court, what he does each individual evening, the way he sets the bar for us, culturewise, do the job ethicwise, just as a teammate. He’s an unbelievable teammate, performs unselfishly, does anything. And I think that is form of what the MVP is, so we surely truly feel like he’s pretty deserving and we are going to be excited to help him.”
If Antetokounmpo, 25, does gain the award, he would join LeBron James (25 decades aged in 2009-10) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24 years old in 1971-72) as the only players to gain a number of NBA MVPs at age 25 or more youthful, for each ESPN Stats & Info exploration. The Greek-born Antetokounmpo would be part of Tim Duncan (two) and Steve Nash (two) as the 3rd participant born outside the house the U.S. to acquire various MVPs.
Antetokounmpo is also hunting to join Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to get Defensive Participant of the Yr and MVP in the exact same period.
At the time of the shutdown, Caesars Sportsbook had Antetokounmpo’s odds as -800, forward of James (+500), to win MVP.
On Thursday, Antetokounmpo declared the formal release of his second signature sneaker, the Nike Zoom Freak 2, with distinctive entry to Nike members through Zoom, citing Kevin Durant, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and Kevin Garnett as his favorite players expanding up.
“I want to be 1 of the very best players to ever enjoy the match,” Antetokounmpo advised reporters through a media availability on July 1. “I did the most effective occupation I could do hoping to remain all set and seeking to have my crew ready for this journey that we are about to go on to depart and engage in game titles. But as I said, whoever needs it much more, whoever is mentally well prepared for all this, what’s likely on in Orlando, that is the crew that’s gonna appear out on prime.”