Milwaukee Bucks star ahead Giannis Antetokounmpo was named NBA Defensive Participant of the Yr on Tuesday.
Antetokounmpo acquired 75 first-place votes and 432 factors in balloting carried out by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Information Company of Nigeria experiences that Antetokounmpo whose mother and father are each Nigerians was born and raised in Greece.
Charles and Veronica Adetokunbo moved from Lagos to Greece in 1991 in hopes of a greater future for themselves and their household after struggling to seek out employment.
The Adetokunbos had 4 extra sons, all born in Greece, together with Giannis on Dec. 6, 1994. (Antetokounmpo grew to become Giannis surname after it was spelled that means on his Greek passport as a substitute of his delivery title of Adetokunbo.)
Energy ahead Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers was second (200 factors, 14 first-place votes) and Utah Jazz middle Rudy Gobert (187, six) completed third.
Gobert gained the award in every of the earlier two seasons. Antetokounmpo completed second in final seasons balloting.
Statistics towards consideration for the award have been used via March 11, the night time the NBA season was suspended after Gobert examined constructive for COVID-19 previous to a recreation at Oklahoma Metropolis.
Antetokounmpo averaged 13.7 rebounds as much as that time together with an NBA-leading 11.5 on the defensive finish in addition to 1.04 steals and 1.02 blocked photographs per recreation.
His dedication to defending and his dedication to profitable is past unbelievable, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned.
He impacts the sport along with his blocked photographs, his rebounding, his capability to protect all 5 positions his expertise is past particular.
Antetokounmpo joins Sidney Moncrief (1982-83 and 1983-84) as the one Milwaukee gamers to win Defensive Participant of the Yr honors.
Milwaukee held opponents to a league-low 41.3 per cent taking pictures from the sphere via March 11.
The membership additionally had one of the best defensive score within the NBA by permitting 101.6 factors per 100 possessions. That quantity was 96.5 when Antetokounmpo was on the ground.
I need to thank my teammates, Antetokounmpo mentioned.
With out my teammates this wouldnt be doable.
I do know my title is on this trophy but it surely may have been any of those guys names on this trophy.
Antetokounmpo is also finalist to win his second straight MVP award.
Solely Chicagos Michael Jordan (1987-88) and Houstons Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94) have been named MVP and Defensive Participant of the Yr in the identical season.
Philadelphia 76ers guard/ahead Ben Simmons (32 factors, one first-place vote) and Miami Warmth centre Bam Adebayo (17, two) spherical out the highest 5 vote-getters for the defensive award.
Edited By: Ese E. Ekama (NAN)