Giannis Antetokounmpo wins most improved player

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks over Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll (5), forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward PJ Tucker (2) during first-half NBA playoff basketball game action in Toronto on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

NEW YORK (WLUK) - Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award, following Malcolm Brogdon's victory for Rookie of the Year to open the show on Monday night.

Antetokounmpo is the first player in Bucks history to be named Most Improved Player.

“I’m honored and humbled to be named the NBA’s Most Improved Player and grateful to so many people for helping me reach this point in my young career,” said Antetokounmpo. “Thank you to my family whose love and support means the world to me. Thank you to my teammates, coaches and staff with the Bucks who push me to succeed every day. Thank you to our fans who never stop cheering for us. Thank you.”

Antetokounmpo earned his first All-Star appearance when he was selected as a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 66th NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans in February. He was the Bucks’ first All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004 and the first All-Star starter since Sidney Moncrief in 1986. Antetokounmpo scored an Eastern Conference-high 30 points on 14-for-17 shooting.

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