"It's not important at all," Antetokounmpo told reporters Monday.
He was then asked whether he cared about the award and replied, "I really don't."
Antetokounmpo is having another terrific season. He's averaging 29.6 points, 13.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.5 threes, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals per game across 55 appearances. He leads all NBA players in both player efficiency rating (31.92) and ESPN's real plus-minus (7.87).
In turn, the 25-year-old Greece native is a massive favorite (-3,000; bet $3,000 to win $100) in the MVP race, per Caesars Palace. He's followed by the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (+1000), Houston Rockets' James Harden (+2000) and Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (+2000).
So the battle for the league's top individual honor isn't something Giannis will need to focus on during the Bucks' final 21 games of the regular season. It would take a series of seismic events for one of those other stars to overtake him in such a short period of time.
The main focus for Antetokounmpo and Co. is winning the franchise first championship since 1971.
"I think we have the best team in the NBA," Giannis told Marc Stein of the New York Times last month.
Milwaukee (52-9) is back in action Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers as it looks to take another step toward locking down home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. It holds a five-game advantage over James' Lakers (46-13) in that race.