Giannis Antetokounmpo has yet another stat to prove why he deserves the MVP award

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially given the basketball world yet another reason why he deserves his second-consecutive MVP award.» data-reactid=»16″>Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially given the basketball world yet another reason why he deserves his second-consecutive MVP award.

Antetokounmpo has officially wrapped up the most efficient season in league history.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Antetokounmpo will not play in the Bucks’ final seeding game in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World on Thursday — he was suspended for a single game after head-butting Washington forward Moritz Wagner on Tuesday — and will end the season with a Player Efficiency Rating of 31.91, the highest in league history, according to Basketball Reference.» data-reactid=»22″>Antetokounmpo will not play in the Bucks’ final seeding game in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World on Thursday — he was suspended for a single game after head-butting Washington forward Moritz Wagner on Tuesday — and will end the season with a Player Efficiency Rating of 31.91, the highest in league history, according to Basketball Reference.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="That’s higher than Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.» data-reactid=»23″>That’s higher than Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Player Efficiency Rating, or PER, was developed by former ESPN columnist John Hollinger. The complicated formula “sums up all a player’s positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player’s performance.” According to the Washington Post, the league average each season is about 15 — roughly half of what Antetokounmpo finished with this year.» data-reactid=»26″>The Player Efficiency Rating, or PER, was developed by former ESPN columnist John Hollinger. The complicated formula “sums up all a player’s positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player’s performance.” According to the Washington Post, the league average each season is about 15 — roughly half of what Antetokounmpo finished with this year.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chamberlain currently holds the top two spots on the list, and is closely followed by Jordan and James to round out the top five. Steph Curry and Anthony Davis are the only other players to make an appearance in the top-15.» data-reactid=»27″>Chamberlain currently holds the top two spots on the list, and is closely followed by Jordan and James to round out the top five. Steph Curry and Anthony Davis are the only other players to make an appearance in the top-15.

How does the COVID-19 hiatus impact his stats?

In reality, not that much. 

Antetokounmpo appeared in 63 games for Milwaukee this season even after the nearly-five month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, only nine less than he played in the year before. He averaged 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game, both significantly higher than last season, and played in just 30.4 minutes per game — the lowest amount he’s played since his rookie season and just the 72nd-most in the league, something that undoubtedly helped his PER.

He was on pace to hit the historic PER mark in January, too.

If the stats weren’t enough, the Bucks are winning once again, too. 

Milwaukee enters their final game of the regular season with a 56-16 record, the best in the league, and have already clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the second-straight season. 

Though he still hasn’t won an NBA title in his seven seasons in the league, and still has a way to go to pull that feat off this season in Florida, he’s more than deserving of earning a second MVP title instead James — who is widely considered to be the other favorite for the honor.

The numbers back that up.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially recorded the most efficient season in league history. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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