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Giannis Antetokounmpo Unanimously Named to All-NBA First Team

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Giannis Antetokounmpo says he doesn't care about winning the Most Valuable Player award, so there’s no chance that he cares about being named to the All-NBA First Team, which was reported today.

Joining Giannis as a unanimous selection was Houston guard James Harden, who also happens to be the most potent competitor for MVP. Alongside these two were Steph Curry, Paul George, and Nikola Jokic.

Giannis was named to the All-NBA Second Team each of the last two seasons, making his unanimous First Team selection this year indicative of just how much better he is now, even from last year. With his third consecutive All-NBA selection, and a presumptive fourth next season leading into his much-discussed contract negotiations, Giannis is obviously eligible for the supermax, something that All-NBA selections affect greatly.

Giannis isn’t the only one affected, as Rachel Nichols points out.

No other Bucks were given consideration by the voters; players like Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley and Dwyane Wade received votes, but not Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, or Brook Lopez. This is not a complaint, just an observation that some voters have different priorities than you may expect.

The rewards for an excellent regular season keep coming, and may still rain down if Giannis takes home a trophy during the NBA’s weird award show that’s inexplicably held after the season. But for now, the Bucks’ focus belongs on Game Five against the Toronto Raptors tonight, and ours does too...after an appropriate-but-short celebration. Congrats, Giannis!