After a crazy season with injuries and COVID, it is now all done with the Bucks standing on top.
The Finals MVP is a very prestigious award for the best player in the series.
That best player was easily one man in this series.
That is why the voting was a unanimous decision for one player.
It was ultimately given to Giannis Antetokounmpo.
GIANNIS IS THE FINALS MVP 🏆 pic.twitter.com/DNguIfG6Pv
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 21, 2021
There was no doubt as to who was getting the award.
Antetokounmpo definitely deserved it, as we watched one of the best Finals performances ever.
Winning this award has cemented Antetokounmpo as one of the most accomplished players in the modern NBA.
However, he is only 26 years old.
This was a beautiful way to cap off the season.
It is great to see someone like Antetokounmpo win the title and Finals MVP.
Here is why he deserved it the most.
The Numbers Are Insane
We have seen great numbers in the Finals within the last decade.
All of whom, have dominated in the NBA Finals before.
The next person to be in that class is now Antetokounmpo.
His averages were absolutely absurd.
Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 35.2 PPG, 13.2 RPG and 5.0 APG in the Finals.
He is the second player in NBA history to average 35+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a Finals series, joining LeBron James (35.8 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 8.8 APG) in 2015. pic.twitter.com/dCwzAQt4yW
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) July 21, 2021
35/13/5 splits in an NBA Finals is just unheard, but that is what he was able to do.
Antetokounmpo was even more efficient than most.
He shot 61.8 percent from the field, while improving his free throw percentage to 66 percent.
Also, the defense was on another level.
He averaged 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks per game, including having one of the best blocks of all time.
It was an all-around performance for six games for Antetokounmpo.
The numbers he posted during his first ever Finals appearance were remarkable and proves why he deserved to be the Finals MVP.
Giannis Was Historic
The playoffs are where players make their names.
We saw Trae Young become a potential superstar with his miraculous run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Even the Bucks’ opponent had a guy that shined bright throughout the playoffs.
That was Devin Booker; who scored 40 points in Games 4 and 5 in the Finals.
However, the Finals are when we see superstars become historic.
Antetokounmpo showed that he has the potential to be one of the best we have ever seen.
It was not just Game 6, which was fantastic.
Giannis is the first player in NBA history with 40 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks in a Finals game. pic.twitter.com/r4JyAHIbSn
— StatMuse (@statmuse) July 21, 2021
Instead, he was historic for the entire Finals.
Game 1 was his worst game, as he scored only 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.
However, that was his first game back after his scary knee injury in the Conference Finals.
The rest of the series was something that we don’t see often.
Giannis’ run in this Finals is nothing short of legendary.
G1: 20/17 in first game after injury
G2: 42 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST
G3: 41 PTS, 13 REB, 6 AST
G4: One of the greatest blocks ever
G5: Game clinching alley-oop
G6: 50 PTS, 14 REB, 5 BLK pic.twitter.com/VLEkEhrTin
— StatMuse (@statmuse) July 21, 2021
Out of the six games in this series, three of them had Antetokounmpo scoring 40 points or more.
That includes 50 points in the closeout game at home.
The numbers were historic.
His signature plays throughout the series will go down in history.
This Finals MVP was very well-deserved.
Antetokounmpo had one of the best Finals performances of all time.
All of this done at the age of 26.
Congrats to him and the Bucks.