The accolades continue to stack up for Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was freshly minted as the Eastern Conference player of the month. This comes on the heels of an Eastern Conference player of the week award award as well. As the duration of his greatness continues, so will the amount of hardware shoveled his way. Apparently, Giannis is also the first Milwaukee Buck in history to win this award twice.
Congratulations to Giannis. He is the Eastern Conference Player of the Month and the first Bucks player with two of those in his career.— Jim Paschke (@Paschketball) December 3, 2018
I’m not all that surprised by that fact, the only other real contenders I can think of would be Ray Allen, mayyybe Michael Redd and perhaps Sidney Moncrief, although I’m not sure if these kind of incremental awards were around back then. Regardless, Giannis’ numbers truly are staggering. He’s leading the team in points (27.9), rebounds (12.9), assists (6.0) and steals (1.5), although Bledsoe is nipping at him on that last statistic. With that kind of all-around dominance, it makes sense that he’s now listed as the odds-on favorite to take home the MVP award at the end of the year.
Giannis’ dominance down low has really been what’s amazed me thus far this year. He’s on pace to absolutely shatter the single-season dunk record, and a huge number of his have been unassisted. That’s relatively unheard of in today’s pick-and-roll league where big men feast off of oops from primary creators. Expect plenty more player of the week awards to roll Giannis’ way as the season continues. Also expect few other players to attempt step-overs on Giannis any time soon. This is the face of a vindictive Greek God.