Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for a 9th time
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March and April, the NBA announced Tuesday, April 12.
This is the ninth time Antetokounmpo has earned Player of the Month honors in his career and the first time since January 2020.
This is the ninth time Giannis has been named Player of the Month.— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) April 12, 2022
He’s tied with Kevin Garnett for the eighth most wins in NBA history.
According to a news release, leading the Bucks to a 14-6 record to end the regular season, Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 31.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 57.9% from the field in March and April. He had a historic streak of scoring 30+ points and shooting 50% from the field in eight consecutive road games between March 4 and March 31, which ranked as the second-longest such streak in NBA history, while his eight consecutive games scoring 30 points on the road was the second-longest streak in Bucks history.
Overall, Antetokounmpo scored 30+ points in 10 of his final 16 games of the regular season, with nine of those coming on the road. This included back-to-back 40-point performances in wins over the 76ers on March 29 (40 points) and against the Nets on March 31 (44 points), where he also became the Bucks all-time scoring leader with his game-tying 3-pointer with just 18 seconds left in regulation that sent the game into overtime.
Antetokounmpo finished his ninth season in the NBA averaging a career-high 29.9 points (2nd in NBA), 11.6 rebounds (6th in NBA), 5.8 assists (18th in NBA) and 1.4 blocks (11th in NBA) per game while shooting 55.3% from the field (11th in NBA). This was the fourth consecutive season he’s averaged more than 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, making him the first player in NBA history to average those numbers in four separate seasons.