Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2016-17 season, a memorable 82-game stretch (plus playoffs) that engraved his name as one of the bright spots in the NBA's future.
He was also named to the All-NBA second team and the All-Defensive second team (both of which were already announced).
While Antetetkounmpo had a decent 2015-16 campaign, he jumped to stardom this season by posting 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. He was also the first player to win it despite not having any Rookie of the Month awards - eight other rookies won monthly honors, exhibiting Brogdon's low-profile steadiness and season-long consistency - and was the second member of the Bucks all-time to be named Rookie of the Year, joining Abdul-Jabbar in 1969-70. Brogdon beat out two players from the 76ers, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.
The Rockets had a chance for a big night on Monday at the first NBA Awards show, with James Harden a finalist for MVP and Mike D'Antoni a finalist for Coach of the Year.
Soon after, Giannis Antetokounmpo took home 2017's Most Improved Player Award. He was also third in field goal percentage (45.7) and fourth in scoring (10.2 ppg).
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.
"I don't want to sound cocky, but I have the highest possible goals".