Jrue Holiday has no doubt who deserves to be the NBA MVP for this season as he insists his teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo deserves to win the award for the third time in his career. Antetokounmpo, who was named back-to-back NBA MVP in 2019 and 2020, missed out on the award last year but led the Bucks to the NBA championship.
On Thursday, Antetokounmpo dropped 44 points to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise all-time scoring record. Antetokounmpo has now scored 14,216 points as Buck, while Abdul-Jabbar had 14,211 points. "That's definitely the MVP," Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said.
"That's definitely Most Improved Player, which I'm not even sure he can get that at this point. He's improved his game a lot, and it's shown -- from the free throw line, to his fadeaway, to his 3-point shot.
From last year to this year, it's so much better. I felt like us kind of hanging on his coattails and being able to ride his coattail in that way gives us confidence as well."
Holiday: Antetokounmpo does it all
Antetokounmpo delivered a monster performance to lead the Bucks to a 120-119 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
Added Holiday: "He does everything. This man is doing everything. I don't know how much more he can do. Average 60 points a game, but he's damn near doing that." Antetokounmpo has been an absolute beast over the last few years as his resume features a wide range of personal accolades.
Antetokounmpo admits personal accolades are nice but underlines that his main focus is on winning NBA titles. "It doesn't really matter," Antetokounmpo said of his latest achievement. "Because at the end of the day if you don't have a successful season, if you don't try and keep getting better and staying humble and staying happy, play all the way until May, June, nobody's going to remember this.
"So I just want us to stay humble. I want myself to stay humble. I felt like the more humble I get and the more hungry I stay, the more things I can accomplish, the more art I can create. Playing basketball is like creating art so -- the more I can prolong my career.
So I just got to keep staying humbled, keep trying to make my teammates great, win games, and good things like tonight will happen."