NBA mailbag: Is Giannis having a down year?

Why does Giannis Antetokounmpo’s penalty points dominance not match his advanced stats this season?

The two-time MVP posted the best stats per game of his career, averaging 31.2 points per game (fourth in the NBA) and 11.9 rebounds per game (second) while leading the Milwaukee Bucks with the best record. in the NBA, despite playing without Chris Middleton for almost two-thirds of the season.

As a result, Giannis is ranked third in odds of winning MVP at Caesars Sportsbook with plus-600, yielding to clear favorites Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.

However, some of the player value metrics that ranked Antetokounmpo as the best player in the league when he won MVP no longer have that value this season. What explains the separation?

Throughout the NBA season, I answer your questions about the latest and greatest topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly on @kpeltontweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to

In addition to the question about Giannis, this week’s mailbox also looks at the top 5 name-scoring group of players and how players’ roles change when they transition from college basketball to the NBA.

“Why isn’t Giannis Antetokounmpo among the most valuable players in the league this season in the overall stats?”

— Jackson


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