SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Milwaukee Greenbacks fell two video games in need of the NBA Finals.

They gained giant on the NBA Awards.

A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Maximum Precious Participant honors, Mike Budenholzer gained Trainer of the Yr, and Jon Horst took Government of the Yr on Monday night time in Santa Monica.

Antetokounmpo, a 24-year-old ahead from Greece, beat out Paul George of Oklahoma Town and James Harden of Houston, who gained remaining 12 months.

Antetokounmpo used to be a powerful winner. He won 941 issues and 78 first-place votes within the voting — 165 issues greater than Harden.

Harden completed 2d with 776 issues and 23 first-place votes.

“MVP isn’t about stats and numbers, and clearly James Harden had fantastic numbers and Paul George additionally, however clearly it is about profitable,” Antetokounmpo mentioned behind the curtain. “We created nice conduct all through the season and had been in a position to stay by way of them, and that is the reason why we had been in a position to have an opportunity in each and every unmarried sport we performed and had been in a position to win 60 video games.”

The display had a global aptitude, with 3 world avid gamers but even so Antetokounmpo profitable.

Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 issues and 12.five rebounds whilst incomes All-NBA first-team honors this season, his 6th with the Greenbacks. He led the franchise to the most efficient report within the steady season and the Greenbacks reached the Jap Convention finals.

Tears rolled down his cheeks as Antetokounmpo thanked his mom Veronica and brothers within the target market at Barker Hanger. He credited his overdue father for pushing him towards his objectives and his teammates and training workforce for his or her lend a hand.

“We began from not anything as a circle of relatives,” he mentioned, “and we’re going to be in each and every degree that we will be able to be as a circle of relatives.”

Antetokounmpo mentioned behind the curtain that he had vowed to his circle of relatives he wasn’t going to cry.

“While you listen your title up there at the degree after which you already know those years of exhausting paintings, what you probably did up to now, then you definately get started getting emotional,” he mentioned.

Budenholzer additionally were given choked up whilst thanking his circle of relatives after his 2d training honor. He earned the trophy for the primary time with Atlanta in 2015.

He guided the Greenbacks to a 60-22 report within the steady season in his first 12 months with the franchise, main them to the Jap Convention finals, the place they misplaced to eventual NBA champion Toronto.

“What they did at the court docket this 12 months, together with the playoffs, used to be particular,” Budenholzer mentioned behind the curtain. “We were not just right sufficient in any case, however we no doubt really feel like now we have sufficient ability, now we have sufficient personality to be a workforce that is taking part in within the finals and profitable a championship.”

Budenholzer additionally coached Staff Giannis within the All-Celebrity Sport remaining season.

He beat out Denver’s Mike Malone and Document Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Horst used to be commemorated in balloting by way of his fellow NBA executives, whilst the six greatest awards had been decided in balloting by way of a world media panel.

Lou Williams used to be voted the 6th Guy of the Yr for the second one season in a row and 3rd time in his occupation, tying former Los Angeles Clipper guard Jamal Crawford.

The guard gained for the primary time in 2015 with Toronto.

Williams beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell, with whom he shaped the highest-scoring bench duo in NBA historical past remaining season, and Domantas Sabonis of Indiana.

Williams was the occupation chief in issues off the bench all over the season.

“This one used to be other as a result of I more or less went into the season short of this one. In years previous I at all times simply performed and lived with no matter took place,” he mentioned. “I felt like this one used to be going to be a legacy piece.”

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz gained Defensive Participant of the Yr for the second one instantly season.

The 26-year-old middle from France beat out Antetokounmpo and George.

“I by no means concept I’d be capable to do this after I began basketball taking part in in France,” Gobert mentioned behind the curtain. “I did not know an NBA participant, I did not know not anything about basketball. I used to be simply having amusing.”

Pascal Siakam of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors earned Maximum Advanced Participant.

The 25-year-old from Cameroon averaged 16.nine issues and began 79 of 80 regular-season video games for the Raptors in his 3rd 12 months with the workforce.

Siakam had 26 20-point outings after scoring 20 issues in a sport simplest as soon as in his first two seasons. He then scored 32 issues in Sport 1 of the NBA Finals.

Siakam beat out De’Aaron Fox of Sacramento and D’Angelo Russell of Brooklyn.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks simply gained Rookie of the Yr.

The 20-year-old small ahead from Slovenia permitted his trophy from RJ Barrett, who went to the New York Knicks because the No. three select within the NBA draft remaining week.

Doncic used to be the No. three select remaining 12 months.

The opposite finalists had been Deandre Ayton of Phoenix and Trae Younger of Atlanta.

Larry Hen and Magic Johnson shared the Lifetime Success Award.

The previous opponents took turns conserving their trophies whilst each and every different spoke.

Hen mentioned the NBA is in just right fingers with nowadays’s proficient athletes and he recommended them to stay the sport the similar so it continues on for long term generations.

Johnson starred for the Los Angeles Lakers and Hen with the Boston Celtics.

Mike Conley Jr., newly traded to the Utah Jazz, claimed trophies for Teammate and Sportsmanship of the Yr.

Conley earned the awards for his 12-year tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards won the NBA Cares Group Lend a hand honor.


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