Giannis Antetokounmpo was distinguished by the NBA as the best defensive player of the year, an award he has won from the street after receiving 75 first-place votes out of a possible 100 and accumulating 432 points from the expert panel made up of 100 journalists and broadcasters.
The Greek heard the news after the Milwaukee Bucks’ comfortable victory in the fourth game of their first-round tie against the Orlando Magic, and a day later the NBA has made the recognition official.
The current MVP of the league, who aspires to repeat the title this season, thus becomes the fifth player in history to win both awards during his career, joining a select group consisting of Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan and David Robinson.
Los Angeles Lakers insider Anthony Davis was second in the vote after receiving 14 first-place votes and accumulating 200 points, while Rudy Gobert, a winner last year, finished third with six first-place votes and a total of 187 points.
The panel of experts has recognized the tremendous importance of the player in the defensive scheme of the Bucks, the best team of the season, the most complete in defense and attack, despite his ravages in the Orlando bubble.
Anteto, with his award, aspires to a historic double that would confirm if he wins the MVP as all the pools indicate: only Michael Jordan (1987-88) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94) have won both awards in the same season.