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Giannis Antetokounmpo Named to First Team All-NBA

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It’s the third consecutive year on first team, and fifth in a row among the All-NBA ranks

NBA: Playoffs-Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

I know we’re all over the “pinching ourselves” stage of the Giannis Antetokounmpo experience as Milwaukee Bucks fans, but it’s still pretty incredible we get to watch a player who seems like a shoo-in for First Team All-NBA year in and year out. He was just named as a First Teamer for the third consecutive year.

More impressively, Giannis was the only player who was a unanimous First Team selection; 100 out of 100 voters placed him in the top tier.

He was named to the Second Team in 2016-17 and 2017-18 before ascending to the upper echelon of NBA players. The past two years also came with MVP trophies for the Greek Freak, but Nikola Jokic already took home that honor. Still, Giannis’s two-way dominance throughout the regular season means he remains in elite company among the league’s forwards, and he played in 61 contests during a year where many notable players missed games due to injury.

His 28.1 points and 11.0 rebounds are fewer than last year, despite playing three additional minutes per game this season, but his 5.9 assists tied a career high. He also tagged on 1.2 blocks and steals each. No other Milwaukee Bucks players landed on any teams (rightfully so by my estimation), but fans might argue that there were snubs regardless, as Khris Middleton drew only a single third-place vote, and Jrue Holiday earned no consideration from voters.

Congrats to Giannis Antetokounmpo for taking home yet another trophy for his collection. Now, if he could just help the Bucks get past the Nets, that would be a very fine nightcap indeed.