Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek Basketball player who has received a lot of recognition and appreciation. He plays for Milwaukee Bucks which a team in National Basketball Association. At a young age, he was a part of a youth team known as Filathlitkos. As his hard work has paid off, currently he is ranked as 26th in the highest-paid athlete.
Giannis was born in Athens, Greece on 6th December 1994. He is an immigrant from Nigeria. His parents moved from Lagos to Greece and they left his brother Francis behind with their grandparents. He did not have any country’s citizenship until he turned 18 and received Greek citizenship in 2013. His parents could not easily find work so they relied on their sons. They used to be street peddler and sold watches, Handbags, and sunglasses. He also started playing Basketball in 2007 and later in 2009 he became really competitive and played for Filathlitikos.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Career
He played for Filathlitikos in semi pro-Greek B Basket League in 2011-12. Later in 2012-13, he played in Greek A2 League. After turning 18 he signed a four-year deal with a Spanish club named CAI Zaragoza. He later decided to stay with Filathlitikos as he realized his own worth and how good he plays. On 28th April 2013, he signed himself for the 2013 NBA draft. He made his debut as the youngest NBA player on 13th October 2013 with his team Milwaukee Bucks. Later he finished his season with a score of 61 blocks which led to him ranked as 7th most NBA rookie in franchise history.
At the age of 21years old, he became the youngest buck to record a score of triple-double. On 19th September 2016, he had a contract extension with the buck. His performance kept on getting better. In 2017-18 he scored 175 points over his first five games. He scored a career-high 28 points in a 97-83, won over third seed Toronto Raptors on 15th April 2017. He began his 2017-18 season with a score of 175 points. In his 2018-19 seasons, he was coached under Mike Budenholzer.
In December 2019 he made a career-high five- three-pointers which led his team to win against Los Angeles, Lakers. He played his matches with various teams where he either won or defeated. He still has a long way to perform better than before and break all the records. The postponement in coming matched took place due to the coronavirus pandemic and he claimed that he is working out a lot to make his game better and competitive.
Awards and Nominations
He was recognized as the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2019. From 2017-2020 he four times became an NBA All-Star. In 2017 he was also awarded as NBA Most Improved Player. He also won Euroscar European Player of the year in 2018.
Giannis and his brothers started a foundation called the “AntetokounBros Academy” in 2019. Their aim was to help young boys and girls to jumpstart their professional career in basketball.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Biography
|Real Name||Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo|
|Birth Date||6 December 1994|
|Birth Place||Athens, Greece|
Giannis Antetokounmpo Physical Statistics
|Height||in feet inches – 6’ 11” – in Centimetres – 211cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 110 kg – in Pounds – 242 lbs|
|Chest Size||45 inches|
|Waist Size||40 inches|
|Biceps Size||16 inches|
|Shoe Size||12 (U.S.)|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Brother||Francis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Alexis Antetokounmpo|
|Marital Status||in Relation|
|Is he a Gay?||No|
|Children||One (Liam Charles)|
Giannis is currently dating Mariah Riddlesprigger. She is an American Volleyball Player. He is a very popular basketball player who has won the hearts of million of fans around the world. His social media account is filled with his basketball tricks and some sponsorship also. He has 8.2 million fans on his Instagram account and 1.2 million fans are following him on twitter.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Net Worth
Giannis is an NBA All-star and ranks 26th on the list of highest-paid athletes in the world. According to sources he earns around $19 million from his endorsement deals and sponsors from 2K sports, Hulu, and Nike. Forbes has estimated his net worth around $43.2 million.
- Apart from being a basketball player Giannis has also served in the Greek Army.
- He played two seasons in Greece before joining NBA.
- Giannis also speaks up about racism and stands against it.
- He isn’t the one child in the family to take up basketball according to sources his brother may also get into the NBA.
- His professional career was heading towards Spain before the NBA.