Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo named to All-NBA Second Team

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has further bolstered his impressive season as he was named to the league’s All-NBA Second Team.

It won’t come as much of a surprise to anybody who watched the Milwaukee Bucks throughout the season, but that doesn’t make the news any less special.

The NBA officially announced the members of their prestigious All-NBA teams on Thursday afternoon, and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo took his place among the rest of the league’s very best players.

Every year the NBA names three All-NBA teams which are decided by media votes. Without the potential to manipulate votes in the same way that can be an issue with the All-Star game’s fan voting, All-NBA teams are often viewed as one of the most significant accolades when measuring a player’s legacy at the end of their career.

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Antetokounmpo slotted in as one of two forwards on this year’s All-NBA Second Team.

The full teams are as follows:

All-NBA First Team: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis

All-NBA Second Team: Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert

All-NBA Third Team: John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan

Giannis only trailed LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard in terms of forward votes, and was placed on an All-NBA team in all but four of the 100 ballots.

Antetokounmpo takes his place as the first Buck to make an All-NBA team since Andrew Bogut picked up third team honors back in 2009-10. On top of that, Antetokounmpo is just the 10th player in franchise history to make an All-NBA team.

Giannis follows in the footsteps of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Terry Cummings, Vin Baker, Ray Allen, Michael Redd, and the aforementioned Bogut.

In total, the Bucks have now had 21 All-NBA selections since they came into existence in 1968.

For Antetokounmpo, this is just the latest accolade to push him further into the top bracket of NBA superstars.

The 2016-17 season also saw Antetokounmpo named to his first All-Star game, for which he was voted in as a starter. In the process of guiding the Bucks to the playoffs and a competitive first round exit with the Toronto Raptors, Antetokounmpo also wrote his own page in the NBA history books.

The Greek Freak became the first player in league history to finish a season ranked in the top-20 for each of total points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks.

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There’s no doubt that there’ll be plenty more accolades for Giannis in the years to come, but making his way on to an All-NBA team at the age of 22 is an incredibly impressive beginning