Antetokounmpo moved to tears by MVP honorSports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Jun 2019
Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the past regular season.
The 24-year-old from Greece wept as he accepted the honor, becoming the youngest MVP since Derrick Rose in 2011. Antetokounmpo beat out the Houston Rockets' James Harden and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George for the honor.
Antetokounmpo, in his sixth season with the Bucks, averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds as he led Milwaukee to the best regular-season record in the league with 60 wins and 22 defeats. They reached the Eastern Conference finals where they fell to the Toronto Raptors, who would go on to lift the title.
"It takes more than one person to win 60 games," Antetokounmpo said. "Every time I walked to the locker room I saw my teammates were ready to fight, they were ready to go to war with me."
He also thanked a coaching staff led by head coach Mike Budenholzer, who was named Coach of the Year.
Slovenia's Luca Doncic, 20, won the Rookie of the Year award after a stellar campaign for the Dallas Mavericks. Cameroon's Pascal Siakam, 25, who starred in his Finals debut for Toronto, was named Most Improved Player.
The Los Angeles Clippers' Lou Williams won the Sixth Man of the Year award.