Giannis Antetokounmpo has made a strong case for himself in the 2022-23 NBA season MVP race. For former Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, there’s no question who deserves the title this season. Jennings took to Twitter to make his case for the Greek Freak, citing his impact on the team’s overall performance.
“34 deserves MVP because guys around him get better. Jrue, Bobby and Brook be hoopingggg look at the numbers and demeanor,” Jennings tweeted after Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks defeated Joel Embiid and the Sixers 117-104 at home on Sunday night.
How did Giannis Antetokounmpo play against the 76ers?
Antetokounmpo displayed a dominant performance against the Sixers, registering a monstrous stat line consisting of 33 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists while shooting 13-for-17 from the field. Embiid, on the other hand, produced a productive performance with 28 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, but it wasn’t enough to outshine what Antetokounmpo did for his team.
While Jrue Holiday, Bobby Portis, and Brook Lopez are all great players on their own, Antetokounmpo’s presence raises the floor and ceiling of the Bucks. The gravity he attracts and the mismatches he generates when he’s on the floor make it easier for his teammates to find their shots.
Jennings’ observation is supported by Antetokounmpo’s statistics. In the current season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game, with a field goal percentage of 57.4%. These numbers are on par with his previous MVP seasons, and it’s clear that Antetokounmpo’s impact on the Bucks is a major factor in their success.
Despite being in contention with the likes of Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, Antetokounmpo’s performance this season could give him a clear advantage in the MVP race. However, Antetokounmpo’s primary focus remains leading the Bucks to another NBA title, and he will undoubtedly continue to put up impressive numbers to achieve this goal.
The Bucks’ next game is against the Washington Wizards on the road on Tuesday, and fans will be eager to see how Antetokounmpo performs in this matchup. Whether or not he ultimately wins the MVP title, there is no doubt that Antetokounmpo’s presence on the court makes him one of the most dominant players in the league.
“Race for the Crown: The Intense Battle for NBA’s Most Valuable Player”
The race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award is heating up as the regular season draws to a close. Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers are currently the frontrunners in what could be the closest MVP race in decades. However, Embiid’s recent absence due to calf tightness has sparked debate about how it might affect his chances.
While Embiid’s decision to rest for the playoffs is understandable, it also means that he missed a prime opportunity to bolster his already strong MVP case. In contrast, Jokic has been playing well, and leading his team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks are also in the running for the award, but they have dropped to third and out of the top five, respectively. With just six games left in the regular season, every game counts, and each player’s performance could make a difference in the MVP race.
In the end, the MVP award will be based on the voters’ perception of the candidates, their team’s performance, and their body of work throughout the season. As the season comes to a close, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top and whether Embiid’s missed game will have any impact on the final decision.