SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks fell two video games in need of the NBA Finals.

They received huge on the NBA Awards.

A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Invaluable Participant honors, Mike Budenholzer received Coach of the 12 months, and Jon Horst took Govt of the 12 months on Monday evening in Santa Monica.

Antetokounmpo, a 24-year-old ahead from Greece, beat out Paul George of Oklahoma Metropolis and James Harden of Houston, who received final yr.

Antetokounmpo was a convincing winner. He acquired 941 factors and 78 first-place votes within the balloting — 165 factors greater than Harden.

Harden completed second with 776 factors and 23 first-place votes.

“MVP will not be about stats and numbers, and clearly James Harden had unbelievable numbers and Paul George additionally, however clearly it is about profitable,” Antetokounmpo stated backstage. “We created nice habits all through the season and have been capable of stick by them, and that is why we have been capable of have an opportunity in each single recreation we performed and have been capable of win 60 video games.”

The present had a world aptitude, with three worldwide gamers in addition to Antetokounmpo profitable.

Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 factors and 12.5 rebounds whereas incomes All-NBA first-team honors this season, his sixth with the Bucks. He led the franchise to the perfect report within the common season and the Bucks reached the Jap Convention finals.

Tears rolled down his cheeks as Antetokounmpo thanked his mom Veronica and brothers within the viewers at Barker Hanger. He credited his late father for pushing him towards his objectives and his teammates and training workers for his or her assist.

“We began from nothing as a household,” he stated, “and we’re going to be in each stage that we might be as a household.”

Antetokounmpo stated backstage that he had vowed to his household he wasn’t going to cry.

“Whenever you hear your title up there on the stage and you then notice these years of onerous work, what you probably did prior to now, you then begin getting emotional,” he stated.

Budenholzer additionally bought choked up whereas thanking his household after his second teaching honor. He earned the trophy for the primary time with Atlanta in 2015.

He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 report within the common season in his first yr with the franchise, main them to the Jap Convention finals, the place they misplaced to eventual NBA champion Toronto.

“What they did on the court docket this yr, together with the playoffs, was particular,” Budenholzer stated backstage. “We weren’t adequate ultimately, however we actually really feel like we’ve got sufficient expertise, we’ve got sufficient character to be a staff that is taking part in within the finals and profitable a championship.”

Budenholzer additionally coached Crew Giannis within the All-Star Recreation final season.

He beat out Denver’s Mike Malone and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Horst was honored in voting by his fellow NBA executives, whereas the six greatest awards have been decided in voting by a worldwide media panel.

Lou Williams was voted the Sixth Man of the 12 months for the second season in a row and third time in his profession, tying former Los Angeles Clipper guard Jamal Crawford.

The guard received for the primary time in 2015 with Toronto.

Williams beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell, with whom he fashioned the highest-scoring bench duo in NBA historical past final season, and Domantas Sabonis of Indiana.

Williams grew to become the profession chief in factors off the bench throughout the season.

“This one was totally different as a result of I sort of went into the season wanting this one. In years previous I all the time simply performed and lived with no matter occurred,” he stated. “I felt like this one was going to be a legacy piece.”

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz received Defensive Participant of the 12 months for the second straight season.

The 26-year-old middle from France beat out Antetokounmpo and George.

“I by no means thought I’d be capable to do this after I began basketball taking part in in France,” Gobert stated backstage. “I did not know an NBA participant, I did not know nothing about basketball. I used to be simply having enjoyable.”

Pascal Siakam of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors earned Most Improved Participant.

The 25-year-old from Cameroon averaged 16.9 factors and began 79 of 80 regular-season video games for the Raptors in his third yr with the staff.

Siakam had 26 20-point outings after scoring 20 factors in a recreation solely as soon as in his first two seasons. He then scored 32 factors in Recreation 1 of the NBA Finals.

Siakam beat out De’Aaron Fox of Sacramento and D’Angelo Russell of Brooklyn.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks simply received Rookie of the 12 months.

The 20-year-old small ahead from Slovenia accepted his trophy from RJ Barrett, who went to the New York Knicks because the No. three choose within the NBA draft final week.

Doncic was the No. three choose final yr.

The opposite finalists have been Deandre Ayton of Phoenix and Trae Younger of Atlanta.

Larry Hen and Magic Johnson shared the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The previous rivals took turns holding their trophies whereas one another spoke.

Hen stated the NBA is in good fingers with at this time’s gifted athletes and he urged them to maintain the sport the identical so it continues on for future generations.

Johnson starred for the Los Angeles Lakers and Hen with the Boston Celtics.

Mike Conley Jr., newly traded to the Utah Jazz, claimed trophies for Teammate and Sportsmanship of the 12 months.

Conley earned the awards for his 12-year tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards acquired the NBA Cares Group Help honor.


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