Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo wins 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award

Antetokounmpo is Third Player to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in Same Season

Greek Forward Becomes Third Player to Win Multiple MVP Awards by Age 25; Antetokounmpo is Third Player to Win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in Same Season

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA ( Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.

This is the second straight Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Antetokounmpo, who becomes the 12th player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. A native of Greece, Antetokounmpo is the first player from Europe to be selected as the NBA MVP more than once. Antetokounmpo, 25, also joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to win multiple NBA MVP awards by the age of 25.

Antetokounmpo was previously named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He joins Michael Jordan (1987-88) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94) as the only players to be selected as the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player and the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. (The NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award was first presented in the 1982-83 season.)

Antetokounmpo received 85 of 101 first-place votes and earned 962 total points from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters as well as the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award fan vote. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James received the other 16 first-place votes and finished in second place with 753 points. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (367 points) finished in third place, followed by Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić (200 points) in fourth place and LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (168 points) in fifth place.

Players received 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote and one point for each fifth-place vote. The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11. The seeding games, which were played July 30 – Aug. 14 as part of the season restart, did not count toward voting for the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award or the league’s other traditional end-of-season awards.

In games played through March 11, Antetokounmpo averaged 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.04 steals and 1.02 blocks in 30.9 minutes in 57 games. During that time, he ranked third in the NBA in both scoring average and rebounding average. Antetokounmpo also shot 54.7 percent from the field and sank 83 three-pointers, which is 31 more threes than he made in any of his previous six seasons.

Behind Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee posted an NBA-leading 53-12 record in games played through March 11, a mark that included an 18-game winning streak Nov. 10 – Dec. 14. The four-time NBA All-Star selection helped the Bucks excel on both ends of the court as they led the league in net rating (outscoring opponents by 10.7 points per 100 possessions), scoring offense (118.6 ppg) and defensive rating (101.6 points allowed per 100 possessions) in their first 65 games of the season.

Antetokounmpo was honored as the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October/November, December and January, in addition to being named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week four times. He was also voted as a starter to the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth consecutive season, serving as a team captain for the second year in a row.

Among Antetokounmpo’s other accomplishments in games played through March 11:

  • Led the NBA in double-doubles with 52.
  • Recorded four triple-doubles.
  • Posted 17 games with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds – 14 more than any other player.
  • Grabbed 20 rebounds in a game twice.
  • Scored 50 points against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 25.

Antetokounmpo receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the winner of the 2019-20 Kia NBA MVP Award. Podoloff served as the NBA’s first commissioner from 1946 until his retirement in 1963.

For the 11th consecutive season, the NBA and Kia Motors America (KMA) gave fans the opportunity to vote for the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award by voting online or by Twitter. The fan vote counted as one vote toward determining the winner.

The voting results for the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award are below. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. Complete ballots for each voter will be posted at on Saturday, Sept. 19


Player (Team)1st Place Votes      2nd Place Votes    3rd Place Votes    4th Place Votes    5th Place Votes    Total
 (10 Points)(7 Points)(5 Points)(3 Points)(1 Point)Points
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) 8516000962
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) 1684100753
James Harden (Houston) 01641010367
Luka Dončić (Dallas) 00143622200
Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers) 0093130168
Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) 005141582
Chris Paul (Oklahoma City) 0031826
Damian Lillard (Portland) 0014623
Nikola Jokić (Denver) 0022218
Pascal Siakam (Toronto) 0021417
Jimmy Butler (Miami) 000239
Jayson Tatum (Boston) 000011

Below is the all-time list of recipients of the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award.


1955-56 – Bob Pettit, St. Louis1977-78 – Bill Walton, Portland1999-00 – Shaquille O’Neal, L.A. Lakers
1956-57 – Bob Cousy, Boston1978-79 – Moses Malone, Houston2000-01 – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
1957-58 – Bill Russell, Boston1979-80 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers2001-02 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
1958-59 – Bob Pettit, St. Louis1980-81 – Julius Erving, Philadelphia2002-03 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
1959-60 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia1981-82 – Moses Malone, Houston2003-04 – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
1960-61 – Bill Russell, Boston1982-83 – Moses Malone, Philadelphia2004-05 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
1961-62 – Bill Russell, Boston1983-84 – Larry Bird, Boston2005-06 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
1962-63 – Bill Russell, Boston1984-85 – Larry Bird, Boston2006-07 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
1963-64 – Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati1985-86 – Larry Bird, Boston2007-08 – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
1964-65 – Bill Russell, Boston1986-87 – Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers2008-09 – LeBron James, Cleveland
1965-66 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia1987-88 – Michael Jordan, Chicago2009-10 – LeBron James, Cleveland
1966-67 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia1988-89 – Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers2010-11 – Derrick Rose, Chicago
1967-68 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia1989-90 – Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers2011-12 – LeBron James, Miami
1968-69 – Wes Unseld, Baltimore1990-91 – Michael Jordan, Chicago2012-13 – LeBron James, Miami
1969-70 – Willis Reed, New York1991-92 – Michael Jordan, Chicago2013-14 – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
1970-71 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee1992-93 – Charles Barkley, Phoenix2014-15 – Stephen Curry, Golden State
1971-72 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee1993-94 – Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston2015-16 – Stephen Curry, Golden State
1972-73 – Dave Cowens, Boston1994-95 – David Robinson, San Antonio2016-17 – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
1973-74 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee1995-96 – Michael Jordan, Chicago2017-18 – James Harden, Houston
1974-75 – Bob McAdoo, Buffalo1996-97 – Karl Malone, Utah2018-19 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
1975-76 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers1997-98 – Michael Jordan, Chicago2019-20 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
1976-77 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers1998-99 – Karl Malone, Utah

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