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From Most Mispronounced Name to Most Improved Player


Giannis Antetokounmpo’s stock in the National Basketball League continues to rise.

Dubbed the “Greek Freak,” Antetokounmpo now has the Most Improved Player plum to show for his efforts.

The Milwaukee Bucks forward took the honors in the inaugural NBA awards after upping his averages to 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 80 games this season.

Antetokounmpo’s numbers, all career highs, landed him in the top 20 in the three categories.

Last year the Sepolia, Athens native posted highs of 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 50.6 shooting clip per game.

The 6’11” power forward beat Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jaric and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert for the award.

He is the first Milwaukee players to receive the Most Improved Player award.

Antetokounmpo is also selected in the 2016-2017 All NBA and All NBA Defensive second teams proving further his all around game.

By Erel Cabatbat