By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Sep 18, 2020 at 10:56 AM

As far as consolation prizes go, this one's pretty sweet: Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA's 2019-20 Most Valuable Player, giving the Greek Freak the league's top individual prize in back-to-back seasons. 

The news was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, with the official announcement expected this afternoon at 1 p.m. on NBA TV.

Though the season may not have ended as preferred, Giannis still had another incredible, almost unstoppable year, averaging 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds (both even better than last year's MVP-winning totals) as well as 5.6 assists.

He is the first player since Stephen Currry between 2014-2016 to win back-to-back MVP awards, and the first Milwaukee Bucks player to earn consecutive awards since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970-1972. He's also only the third NBA player to win both the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season, after Michael Jordan's 1987-88 season and Hakeem Olajuwon's 1993-94 season. 

It's even more hardware to put in Giannis's ever-filling trophy case. There's just one piece missing now: an NBA Finals ring. Here's to amending that next year.

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.