Giannis MVP Front-Runner over LeBron James, Luka Doncic in ESPN Media Straw Poll

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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo warms up before the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was selected as the early front-runner for the 2019-20 NBA Most Valuable Player Award in an ESPN media straw poll released Wednesday.

Antetokounmpo, the league’s reigning MVP, received 48 of the 101 first-place votes and 803 total points in the voting. He was followed by the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (651 points), Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (569) and Houston Rockets’ James Harden (444).

No other player earned more than 52 voting points.

Antetokounmpo’s continued dominance has been a bit overshadowed in the season’s early weeks with James leading the Lakers’ resurgence and Doncic’s breakthrough as a legitimate MVP contender.

The 24-year-old Greek Freak is on pace to have a statistically superior season than he did last year with averages of 30.8 po