Giannis Antetokounmpo named 2017 NBA Most Improved Player

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Giannis Antetokounmpo named 2017 NBA Most Improved Player

Among the group is Rookie of the Year award victor Malcolm Brogdon, who added himself as a second award victor for the team this season. He led rookies in assists and steals, and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (40.4) and free throw percentage (86.5).

Antetokounmpo is the first Buck to win that award, after setting career highs in scoring (22.9 points per game), rebounding (8.8 rebounds per game), assists (5.4 per game), blocks (1.9 per game) and steals (1.6 per game) in his fourth season. Antetokounmpo also earned an All-Defensive Second Team nod, the first for a Buck since Alvin Robertson in 1990-1991.

Antetokounmpo and Brogdon are both finalists for awards that will be given out at the inaugural NBA Awards, which will take place tonight in NY. Brogdon beat out two players from the 76ers, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. He also had his first All-Star appearance in February.

Soon after, Giannis Antetokounmpo took home 2017's Most Improved Player Award.

He beat out Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert to win the award.

Also at the show, Mike D'Antoni was then voted Coach of the Year, the second time he has won the award. While still not a terrific 3-point shooter, Antetokounmpo took more shots than ever last season while simultaneously upping his field goal percentage.

"Malcolm worked tirelessly to improve his game and became a valuable contributor", said Kidd, who won co-Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill in 1995.

"They believe in me, they've given me a tremendous opportunity and it's been a great year". "I want to say this is a testament to guys that are underestimated, guys that are second-round picks, guys that are undrafted every year that are looked over regardless of the work they put in, regardless of what they do".

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