NBA MVP Power Rankings: New No. 1 emerges after spectacular week

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4. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Last rank: 4

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have continued to ride the rollercoaster that is the Doc Rivers era. Once it seems like the Bucks have found their groove and won multiple games in a row, they drop their next two or lose a critical game in embarrassing fashion, which is what happened on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Bucks were dominating the whole second half and even jumped out to a 20-plus lead before Anthony Davis and the Lakers started hounding the boards and creating second-chance opportunities with their relentless rebounding.

The Lakers forced the game to go into overtime and even pushed the game into a second overtime with some last-second shot creation. Ultimately, the Bucks would lose, and this would not only go down as one of the most embarrassing losses of the season, but for the Lakers, it has become a turning point in their playoff push.

Since losing to the Lakers, Milwaukee has lost to the New Orleans Pelicans and beat the Atlanta Hawks. At this stage in the season, wins have become needed rather than a commodity due to the Eastern Conference's tight race for second place. The Bucks only find themselves 2.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers with two weeks left in the season.

Antetokounmpo is having an amazing season and will surely finish the season inside the top five of voters for MVP, but it has yet to be seen where his team will land in the playoffs.