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The most powerful moments of the speech came when Antetokounmpo discussed his family, starting with his father, who died of a heart attack in October 2017.
Antetokounmpo was a resounding victor.
Antetokounmpo received 78 of the 100 possible first-place votes.
Harden and José Altuve accomplished the feat in Houston in 2018 after the Astros second baseman won the 2017 American League MVP.
Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game this season. The former had a historic offensive season while leading the league in scoring for the second time, while the latter was the best player on the league's best team record-wise.
Antetokounmpo also thanked his "amazing mum" who was in the crowd to see her son be crowned MVP.
Antetokounmpo said backstage that he had vowed to his family he wasn't going to cry. A year ago, Young, the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2018, was dealt from Dallas to Atlanta along with a 2019 first-round pick in exchange for Doncic.
He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to eventual National Basketball Association champion Toronto. "I think everybody in the state's hoping for it".
The victor will be announced Monday night.
Either way, while the show itself may well be a source of ridicule for many fans around the National Basketball Association, the weight of the awards themselves has by no means lessened.
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The guard won for the first time in 2015 with Toronto.
"This one was different because I kind of went into the season wanting this one". But I suppose winning two straight Defensive Player of the Year awards justifies his accomplishments. All three project to be key pieces for their respective franchises moving forward, but only one will walk away with the trophy on Monday night.
The 24-year-old Athens, Greece, native would be only the fifth global NBA MVP, joining Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan and Hakeem Olajuwon.
"I love you guys", he said.
I'm not sure if I've yet to fully digest just how devastating the NBA Finals were this season. Just from the times I've gotten to interact with him, he seems great.
Doncic, a 20-year-old guard who averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 32.2 minutes per game, is Dallas' second Rookie of the Year victor, joining Jason Kidd, a co-winner with Grant Hill in the 1994-95 season.
Siakam increased his points per game average by 9.7 points in 18-19, the most by any player to suit up in at least 40 games across two seasons. He then scored 32 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Unlike previous year when Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons were beefing over who was the best rookie, Doncic showed Young respect before accepting the award.
The script also worked out perfectly for Los Angeles when Kirk Gibson won the 1988 NL MVP and Magic Johnson captured the 1989 NBA MVP.
Yelich won the NL MVP award in near-unanimous fashion in November after becoming the first Brewers player to win a batting title.