Giannis Antetokounmpo wins 2021 NBA Finals MVP after leading the Milwaukee
Bucks to their first championship since 1971 in a six-game series win over the
Phoenix Suns. The 26-year-old forward became the youngest player to win Finals
MVP since Kawhi Leonard did so at the age of 22 in 2014. In his first Finals
appearance, Antetokounmpo dominated by averaging 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and
five assists per game. His remarkable combination of athleticism and skill
overwhelmed the Suns, but before the series began, it wasn’t even clear that he would
be able to play.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has joined the likes of LeBron James and Michael Jordan to
become one of just eight players to score more than 50 points in an NBA Finals.
Antetokounmpo put in one of the best performances of his career to carry the Bucks
to the win after also being named the regular-season MVP and Defensive Player of
He joins Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players in NBA history to
win a regular-season MVP Award, a Finals MVP Award, and a Defensive Player of the
The two-time league MVP was named Finals MVP after he scored 50 points, including
33 in the second half alone, as well as claiming 14 rebounds and making five blocks.
He had already scored at least 40 points and made 10 rebounds in three of the other
games of the series, leaving him with an average of 35.2 points and 13.2 rebounds
across the Finals.
The 26-year-old was born in Greece to Nigerian migrant parents.