The Greek Freak has officially been coronated! Following a season during which he truly took over to the level that had been foretold only recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo took home the hardware he'd rightly earned, winning MVP honors Monday night. And he got us highly emotional while accepting the well-deserved honor.
Giannis gives his MVP speech ?— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 25, 2019
Though most of us wish these awards were distributed earlier in the year when the calendar was still fresh, it's awfully hard to argue with Antetokounmpo's 2018-19.
And yes, it only took two years for Giannis to complete his Kobe Challenge.
Kobe challenged Giannis to win NBA MVP in 2017.— ESPN (@espn) June 25, 2019
Nearly two years later, he answered the call ? pic.twitter.com/hiB8ovhzWH
The Milwaukee star's 2018-19 will always rank among the elite emergent seasons for all young big men; he finished with 27.7 points per game and 12.5 rebounds, leaving the league at his mercy for the vast majority of the campaign, only petering out at the tail end of the postseason, once Toronto unleashed their suffocating defense in four straight contests.
Some will argue for Harden's "team on my back" season that mainly stemmed from a few bizarre months where his usage rate was astronomical. It was markedly impressive, in the same way that Russell Westbrook's triple-double barrage was two years ago.
But we'll remember this year for Kawhi's title, Boston's dysfunction, and the Freak's thundering ascension. This feels valid.