Giannis Antetokounmpo: 3 stats that show why he deserves MVP award

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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo
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30.9 represent the minutes per game that Antetokounmpo has averaged this season, which would be the fewest minutes a Most Valuable Player has averaged in NBA history behind the 32.7 minutes per game Curry averaged during his first MVP-winning season in 2014-15.

While much has been made of the remarkable workload that Antetokounmpo has managed as the Bucks have soared to the top of the league for the second straight season, the Bucks have made a point to maximize the minutes of their signature star.

Antetokounmpo holds the highest usage percentage of any NBA player this season at 36.2 percent and has averaged 82.6 touches per game, the 13th-highest mark for a player in that department. While Basketball-Reference calculates usage percentage differently, Antetokounmpo’s league-leading 37.4 usage percentage is the seventh-highest figure in NBA history.

Even as his minutes have gone down for the second straight year, the Bucks’ offense has continued to significantly run through their best player as he handles more responsibilities than ever before. And even as his minutes continue to trend downward, Antetokounmpo stands in a class of his own as his raw stat line remains unmatched at the minutes that he’s averaged throughout this year.

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Across multiple areas of Antetokounmpo’s performance throughout this unfinished 2019-20 season, he has shown to be in historic territory and those marks and a whole lot more show why he’s deserving of his second straight Most Valuable Player award.