Hundreds of Bucks fans converged on the Fiserv Forum plaza on Sunday, breaking out in chants of “M-V-P”, to celebrate the NBA’s most valuable player, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The “Greek Freak” was given the NBA’s highest award for a player on June 24th, after leading the Bucks to their best record since the 1980-81 season. The team also posted the top record in the NBA at 60-22. Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, which were all career-highs. He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in Bucks history to earn MVP honors.
Antetokounmpo joked at Sunday’s ceremony that he doesn’t want fans to call him MVP – until he wins the award again next year.
“I want to be for multiple years, one of the best players in the league,” said Antetokounmpo, at the ceremony. “So people calling me ‘MVP’, that’s not going to help me. So that’s why I said from this day on, I don’t want to be the MVP. I’m Giannis, and let’s go get something bigger.”
Antetokounmpo was joined on Sunday by his brothers and took orders from fans for his new Nike merchandise.