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Giannis Antetokounmpo wins Most Improved Player Award for Milwaukee

Giannis Antetokounmpo wins Most Improved Player Award for Milwaukee Giannis Antetokounmpo wins Most Improved Player Award for Milwaukee
Frederick Owens | 28 June, 2017, 04:54

Indeed, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Malcolm Brogdon have faced plenty of challenges and overcome more than their fair share of basketball adversity - the former's rags-to-riches story is well-documented, and the latter was initially dismissed for his age and athleticism - but both were honored for their determination and success at the NBA's first awards show.

While Antetetkounmpo had a decent 2015-16 campaign, he jumped to stardom this season by posting 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.

Brogdon was also a unanimous selection to the NBA's All-Rookie First team, the league announced earlier Monday.

Antetokounmpo posted career highs in every category previous year and he raised his scoring average by six points per game. A second round pick (36th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brogdon became one of just five rookies in NBA history to shoot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range while averaging at least 4.0 assists per game.

The two were joined by Embiid, Saric's teammate in Philadelphia, along with Sacramento guard Buddy Hield and Knicks forward Willy Hernangomez. Antetokounmpo also earned an All-Defensive Second Team nod, the first for a Buck since Alvin Robertson in 1990-1991.

In addition to winning ROY, the Rookie of the Year was also named to All-Rookie First Team. He became the first rookie Buck to notch a triple-double on December 31 in Chicago, when he dropped 15 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is dreaming big.

"I'll be the next one to beat them".

Antetokounmpo, who beat out Denver's Nikola Jokic and Utah's Rudy Gobert, becomes the first player to win the award in franchise history.

On Sunday, the 2005-06 Greece team - European champions in 2005 and runners-up to Spain at the 2006 Worlds - played a side which included brothers Giannis and Thanassis Antetokounmpo, and American Euroleague star Kyle Hines.

The New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis took part in the event a year ago, which was held in an open-air court in Athens' biggest high school.

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