Giannis Antetokounmpo is the NBA midseason MVP

The NBA MVP race is stacked with many superstars such as reigning award winner Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, LeBron James, Luka Doncic and Anthony Davis. But will Giannis run away with the award? The Crossover staff make their midseason MVP picks. 

Rohan Nadkarni – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Nothing has really changed since I named Giannis my quarter-season MVP (as well as Defensive Player of the Year for good measure.) The Bucks are still far and away the best team in the NBA, with wins over their biggest competition—the Lakers and a mostly full-strength Clippers squad. Milwaukee has throttled opponents, and Giannis has been an absolute force on both ends of the court. His counting stats would probably be higher if not for the fact that he’s leading blowout win after blowout win. And he’s also toying with a three-point shot that can only pay dividends come playoff time. Meanwhile, The Greek Freak isn’t playing with a second true superstar like some of his contemporaries. Antetokounmpo is clearly the biggest catalyst in Milwaukee’s top-tier success, and the gap between the Bucks and everyone else gives him the edge over guys like Harden and Doncic.

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