Bucks GM: We Have The NBA MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player on the NBA's best team – and should be MVP, Jon Horst says

Reiter Than You
April 18, 2019 - 10:00 pm
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In 2018, the Milwaukee Bucks went 44-38. It was a good season. In fact, it was their best season since 2010.

Then this season happened. 

The Bucks won 60 games for the fifth time in franchise history – and for the first time since 1981.

How does a team improve 16 wins in one year?

“Everything, in my opinion, starts with Giannis,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said on Reiter Than You. “In my opinion, we have the MVP of the league on our team. The fact that he’s the best player on the best team this year and is the MVP of our league, I think, speaks to the growth of our team overall and his impact on that.”

Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists this season – all team-highs.

How much better can he be?

“I still think the sky’s the limit,” Horst said. “I really do. It’s kind of a cliche thing to say, but he’s 24 years old, he gets better every single year – if his stats weren’t so gaudy year in and year out, I think there’s a case to talk about him as Most Improved. This year, he’s taken steps defensively. Look at the things he’s done individually defensively.”

Antetokounmpo also shot a career-best 57.8 percent from the floor this season, though he shot just 25.6 percent from three – his lowest percentage since 2014-15 (15.9 percent).

“I think he’ll get more comfortable and aggressive in shooting the ball from the perimeter,” Horst said. “He’s going to continue to get stronger. He’s going to continue to make better decisions with the ball in his hand. And so, you have a player who’s already an MVP candidate leading the best team in the league who I think just has a tremendous amount of upside and potential, just because I know him. I know how hard he works, I know a player that works that hard, that cares that much and that’s really that talented and gets it, there’s really just no limit to what they can do.”

Click below to listen to Horst’s interview in its entirety.