The Milwaukee Bucks are on the verge of winning the franchise’s 2nd NBA title. If they win, who should be named Finals MVP - Giannis Antetokounmpo or Khris Middleton? Your first instinct may be to say Giannis is the obvious answer, but it's not an open and shut case.
Batman and Robin tandem
The Khris and Giannis duo is lethal because no one really knows who's Batman and who's Robin. On some nights, the Greek Freak was the one who led the team to victory. In other games, it was Middleton who shot the game-winning basket. It's not a conventional Top 2, but their dynamic works for the team, and tonight we may get confirmation it's the key ingredient for a championship team.
In other dynamic duos the league has seen, it was a case of an alpha and a former alpha who slid down to a supporting role to make the pairing work. LeBron James remained the head of the snake while Dwyane Wade sacrificed his stats. Kevin Durant did what he usually does while Steph Curry gave way. Some say Steph could have won an MVP had he not sacrificed for the team's greater good. In Miami, Wade was Batman while Shaq was Robin. It was often a veteran and a rising star in the league. In the Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker is the Batman, and Chris Paul is Robin. On the Bucks, the difference is not very obvious.
Both Giannis and Khris are at their peak - Middleton is 29 years old, while Giannis is 26. In this year's postseason run, both of them scored almost the same amount of points, grabbed virtually the same amount of rebounds, and passed off the same number of assists. The pair tied James and Wade as the only duo to score at least 500 points, 100 rebounds, and 100 assists in the playoffs.
The team proved it could win with or without their MVP. When the moment presented itself, Khris rose to the occasion. Anyone that still had doubts about Middleton going into the Playoffs can't use their talking points anymore. The dynamic duo already registered a 40 point game in an NBA finals series. Other partners who achieved this feat? LeBron James & Kyrie Irving and Magic Johnson & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Spencer Dinwiddie thinks Khris should win Finals MVP
Thanasis Antetokounpo is out due to COVID protocols, and soon as the news broke, everyone thought about the same thing - how likely is it Giannis is next? We know how close the Antetokounmpo brothers are, so everyone was concerned Giannis was also going to isolation. If that had happened, Spencer Dinwiddie thinks Khris Middleton should get the Finals MVP trophy.
If the Bucks win it all with or without Giannis, Middleton is equally deserving to win the Finals MVP. He showed up big and made some of the most important buckets in the Finals. On the other hand, Giannis also deserves to win the Finals MVP for his all-around performance. The way he selflessly gave way for Khris to become a star on his own and not hog the limelight in Milwaukee speaks about his professionalism and putting the welfare of the team first before personal accolades.
I'm sure both would gladly let anyone on the team get the individual accolade if it meant they would seal the deal tonight. That's their biggest strength - on the Bucks, everyone has a team-first mentality.
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