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Stephen Curry has gotten the biggest piece of the NBA headline pie so far this season and has been leading the MVP race since October. But Giannis Antetokounmpo is stealthily (somehow) chasing Steph down to win his third Most Valuable Player Award in four seasons.

Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokic, and now DeMar DeRozan have gotten some love, and deservedly so. But the Greek Freak is beginning to put together an unassailable case.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the Bucks’ charge to the top of the East

Milwaukee Bucks' forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is on pace to win yet another MVP.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on after defeating the Orlando Magic 127-110 at Amway Center on Dec. 28, 2021. | Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The Milwaukee Bucks have a record of 25-14 after 39 games. They began the season 3-4, making them 22-10 since the start of November.

A Jan. 3 loss to the Detroit Pistons ended a six-game winning streak, which marked the second time Milwaukee had won at least six in a row this year. According to The Athletic, the Bucks’ average margin of victory during that streak was 14.8 points.

Giannis returned from health and safety protocols in his team’s 117-113 Christmas Day victory over the Boston Celtics. He had 30 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists in that win.

Antetokounmpo posted averages of 33 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in barely more than 30 minutes per game in the following four games.

For the season, the Athens native is fourth in the league in scoring at 27.9 points per game, seventh in rebounding (11.5), and is averaging 1.5 blocks per game for good measure.

All this despite averaging the 67th-most minutes in the NBA. He’s behind players like Josh Hart, Will Barton, and Norman Powell in that category.

Milwaukee is only two games behind the conference-leading Chicago Bulls. The Bucks have gotten significant contributions from Giannis’s supporting cast, but last year’s Finals MVP is paving the road.

In some respects, the Greek Freak is having the best season of his career

Antetokounmpo won back-to-back MVPs in 2019 and 2020. He became only the 12th player in league history to win consecutive MVPs.

That put him on a list alongside LeBron James, Curry, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In other words, NBA royalty.

And according to StatMuse, prior to Milwaukee’s loss to the Pistons, the five-time All-Star’s stats were as good or better season in certain areas than they were when he won the award in 2020:

(And he still has more than half a season to go).

  • 2021-22: 29.5 points per game, the same as his output in 2020.
  • 2021-22: 55.9% shooting from the floor; 2020 — 55.3%.
  • 2021-22: 5.9 assists per game; 2020 — 5.6.

Curry, Jokic, KD, and a few others clearly deserve to be in the conversation. But if Antetokounmpo has a better season than he did when he won his second MVP in a row, why couldn’t he win another?

As Milwaukee continues to win, Giannis’s case continues to build

The Bucks are playing as well as anyone in the league right now. The fact that they’re going a little under the radar suits them just fine.

Last year, Antetokounmpo won his first NBA Championship — and Milwaukee’s first in five decades — and Finals MVP for good measure.

If he continues to roll the way he is currently, not only is a third MVP in the cards for Giannis, another two trophies in July aren’t out of the question.

All statistics courtesy of NBA.com.

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The post Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Hitting His (Unbelievably Long) Stride and Is Ready to Win His Third MVP Award in 4 Seasons appeared first on Sportscasting | Pure Sports.

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Title: Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Hitting His (Unbelievably Long) Stride and Is Ready to Win His Third MVP Award in 4 Seasons
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The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) announced today the nominees for the 2024 SCL Awards. Many of the contenders reflect the Oscar shortlist that was also announced today. The nominees include songwriters Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Lenny Kravitz, Diane Warren, and Jon Batiste who earned spots on the Oscar shortlist for Best Original Song. […]

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Title: 5th Annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards Announces Nominees in Film, TV, and Visual Media
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2024 Oscars: Best Original Song Predictions

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With the 2024 Oscars shortlists now out, it’s clear that “Barbie” will have a significant presence in the Best Original Song category.

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Title: 2024 Oscars: Best Original Song Predictions
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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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By: Paul Kelly
Title: Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’
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