May 27, 2020

NBA From Fernando Martín to two Europeans aspiring to MVP

30 years after the pivot's death, Doncic and Antetokounmpo are firm candidates to be the Most Valuable Player in the NBA

On the day that marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Fernando Martín, the first Spanish and second European player to play the NBA, the center has a legion of heirs. The NBA has long since ceased to be the exclusive preserve of American players. The globalizing dream of those responsible for the League has led to its stars coming from any corner of the planet. Far away is the 1986/87 season when the Madrid pivot stood at the Blazers and his coach, Mike Schuler, restricted his time on the court at most minutes of garbage. Schrempf, Petrovic, Divac, Radja, the Gasol, Parker, Nowitzki …

In the contemporary NBA there are two Europeans who have become undisputed stars of the League, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic. Both, in the case of the Greek of Nigerian origin, would already be the second time, they aspire to become the MVP of this season. The list of candidates after five weeks of competition is reduced to the European couple and two classics, LeBron James and James Harden. The four offer dizzying numbers and their teams are among the best in the League.

The Antetokounmpo Bucks have already taken the best balance in the NBA from the LeBron Lakers. With 18 wins and 3 losses dominate with authority in the Eastern Conference. The last win came to the Knicks for 44 points and with the forward making some scandal numbers in just 22 minutes: 29 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists. The Antetokounmpo Bucks last season were only able to stop the Raptors in the Eastern final and that when they already dominated the series 2-0.

The Luka Doncic as Dirk Nowitzki says "is not of this world." Clippers coach Doc Rivers has gone further: "He will be the best European player in the history of the League ahead of Nowitzki." The numbers, its image, the new contract that awaits you with a shoe brand … Doncic is the sensation of the season. It touches the triple double per game (more than 30 points, more than 9 rebounds and more than 9 assists) and the last victory on the Lakers field has resized its role and that of the Mavericks.

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