The NBA announced today that Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. It is his first time winning the award and he's the first Bucks player to receive the award since Monta Ellis won it in 2013.
From the team release:
"Antetokounmpo averaged 19.5 points (.633 FG%), 11.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 blocks during the week while leading the Bucks to a 3-1 record. The 20-year-old posted three double-doubles, beginning with a 12-point/12-rebound effort in a road win over the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 2. He followed that up with consecutive career nights, first scoring a then-career-high 25 points in a win over the L.A. Lakers on Feb. 4 before posting career bests in both points (27) and rebounds (15) on Feb. 6 at Houston. Giannis capped the week with another double-double (14 points/11 rebounds) - his fourth in the last five games overall - in a win over Boston on Feb. 7."
Whether you choose to attribute success to better spacing or magical clothing accessories, there's no denying that what Giannis did this past week is deserving of the honor. His development is still in its early stages, and to be able to already be collecting awards like this has to have the Bucks faithful beaming.
As if the past week wasn't enjoyable enough, Giannis will represent the Bucks at the All-Star Weekend festivities in New York. He is set to compete in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday and the Dunk Contest on Saturday. Giannis already is locked in to both events, it seems.
Oh man, this is going to be exciting.