Antetokoumpo's efforts rewarded as NBA's Most Improved Player

A big night for the Milwaukee Bucks continued, as Giannis Antetokounmpo took home Most Improved Player honors during the inaugural NBA Awards at Basketball City in NY.

The Milwaukee Bucks had a banner night at the first NBA Awards on Monday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was just 11 years old when Greece shocked the United States in the Semi-Finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2006 in Japan but now he's an NBA All-Star and the best known player in his national team. Jokic finished second, grabbing 14 first-place votes and tallying 161 total points.

The first person Durant mentioned in his post was Brogdon, who became the first non-first round draft pick to win Rookie of the Year since 1966.

"The Greek Freak" had earlier been named named to the All-NBA second team and the All-Defensive second team.

He set career highs in every statistical category, including points (22.9 per game), rebounds (8.8), assists (5.4), steals (1.6) and blocks (1.9).

In his palyoff debut, he went to another gear, averaging 24.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.7 blocks, shooting 53.6% from the field.

Last season, Antetokounmpo recorded three triple-doubles, giving him eight for his career and tying him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in team history.

Antetokounmpo is dreaming big.

"I'll be the next one to beat them", he vowed. "I'll be waiting for them somewhere", the Milwaukee Bucks star said before leading a team in an exhibition game involving Greek and foreign players before 15,000 fans at the Athens Olympic Arena on Sunday. But when it comes to team accomplishments, it's hard to stack up with USA Basketball, whose men's team hasn't lost a game since the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

Vanessa Coleman