Giannis Antetokounmpo is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As of the 2022 season, he plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, the team he has been with since he was drafted into the NBA during the 2013 NBA Draft.
Antetokounmpo became an NBA Champion in 2021. He was also named the 2021 NBA Finals MVP. He has been named the NBA Most Valuable Player back-to-back, in 2019 and 2020. In addition to his two MVPs, he has also been named an NBA All-Star for six consecutive seasons from 2017 to 2022.
Aside from his NBA career, he also used to play for Filathlitikos. In 2018, he was named the Euroscar Player of the Year.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Antetokounmpo was born on December 6, 1994, in Athens, Greece. His birth name is Giannis Sina Ugo Adetokunbo. His parents migrated from Lagos, Nigeria to Greece. He grew up in the Sepolia neighborhood.
He stands 211 cm or 6 feet and 11 inches tall and his weight was last listed at 242 lbs. or 110 kg. He plays the position of power forward.
Antetokounmpo did not become a Greek resident until 2013, a few months before he was drafted into the NBA. Only after he became a Greek citizen was his name translated into Greek and appeared as ‘Antetokounmpo’ on his passport. Later, he would receive Nigerian citizenship and now holds dual Greek and Nigerian citizenship.
Because his name was not that easy to pronounce, he quickly became known by his nickname – “The Greek Freak”. News networks like CBS Sports started using the nickname as well.
Early in his career, Giannis Antetokounmpo played in the semi-pro Greek B Basket league in the third division. He joined the club Filathlitikos. Before he turned 18, he was signed by CAI Zaragoza of Spain. He also received interest from other European basketball clubs.
By the 2012-2013 season, Antetokounmpo was shooting an average of 9.5 game ppg points, five rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. This is despite only having active playtime of around 22.5 minutes per game. He was also popular among the Greek fans that during the 2013 Greek League All-Start Game, the coaches let him play despite not being named an all-star because the fans liked seeing him on the court.
He stayed with Filathlitikos from 2011 to 2013.
Antetokounmpo was drafted into the National Basketball Association in the United States during the 2013 NBA Draft. Before the draft, athletic reports had him as a first-round pick, which came true. He was the 15th overall selection of the 2013 NBA Draft. The Milwaukee Bucks were the ones to select him, he signed a rookie contract with them on July 30, 2013.