Antetokounmpo’s win will mark the second consecutive year he has taken home the prestigious honour — and the second time in league history a player has won back-to-back MVPs by the age of 25.
The official announcement of the award is slated for 2 p.m. ET on Friday.
In winning the award, Antetokounmpo will become just the third player in NBA history to win both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, joining Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94) and Michael Jordan (1987-88).
Antetokounmpo guided the Bucks to a league-best 53-12 record prior to the NBA’s COVID-19-induced shutdown in mid-March, posting team-leading averages of 29.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.
However, the Bucks’ dominance did not sustain through the post-season. Milwaukee was eliminated in the second round by the Miami Heat — a series in which Antetokounmpo dealt with an ankle injury that kept him out of the series-deciding sixth game, and held him to just 11:29 of playing time in the fifth game.
Throughout nine games in the playoffs this year, Antetokounmpo averaged 26.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
The premature post-season exit has spawned rumours about how long Antetokounmpo may remain in Milwaukee. The 25-year-old has one year remaining on his current contract and is not eligible for free agency until next off-season at the earliest.
However, this off-season he does have the chance to sign a super-max extension worth around $254 million over five years, which the Bucks are reportedly planning to offer him once free agency begins.