Who is Giannis Antetokounmpo -Biography
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player who has a Nigerian descent. He plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He possesses the athleticism and ball-handling skills of a guard. These traits brought forth the nickname Greek-Freak.
He, later on, became Buck’s primary playmaker in NBA history after finishing a regular season in top 20. He received the Most Improved Player award in 2017. He has also earned three All-Star selections and led the Eastern Conference in voting this year. Antetokounmpo is the son of immigrants from Nigeria in which their parents moved from Lagos where they left their firstborn son with his grandparents back in 1991.
Even after him and his four other brothers were born in Greece they did not automatically qualify to receive full Greek citizenship. This situation made Antetokounmpo stay for 18 years without the Nigerian or Greece papers. He grew up in the Athens neighborhood of Sepolia whereas immigrants the family suffered to sustain themselves in the new environment of Greece. Antetokounmpo started playing basketball in 2007 and by 2009 he was played for the youth squad of Filathiltikos.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Age
He was born on December 6, 1994, in Athens, Greece. As of 2018, he is 24 years old.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Height in Feet | Wingspan
He stands at a height of 6′ 11″feet.
Giannis Antetokounmpo College
There is no information about where he studied his college education. It will be updated soon.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Family | Brother
His father Charles was a former Nigerian association football player while his mother Veronica is a former High Jumper. His father died at the age of 54 in 2017. Antetokounmpo has two older brothers, Francis (Greek name Andreas) and Thanasis. Thanasis is also a teammate with him in Filathlitikos. He has two younger brothers Kostas and Alexis His brother Kostas later joined the squad from 2013 – 2014.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Marriage | Girlfriend
Giannis is currently in a relationship with long term girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger. The couple has been trending since valentines day because of the valentines day gift Giannis gave to Mariah.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Career
Giannis began to show interest in Basketball in 2007. He then became a player for the youth squad of Filathlitikos in 2009. He later on proceeded to the senior men’s Filathlitikos team in 2011. From there he spent the 2011-2012 season with the senior squad of Filathlitikos in the third-tier level of Greece. He began his professional level career with the team in Greece’s second tier during the 2012-2013 season.
When he was just 18 years old he signed a four year deal with Spanish club CAI Zaragoza. He then officially crowned himself eligible for the 2013 NBA draft on April 28, 2013. he was qualified to be selected by the Milwaukee Bucks after he fulfilled his draft projections as a first-round pick. He was selected as the 15th overall of the team. He later signed his rookie scale contract with the Bucks on July 30, 2013. The contract was then extended through the 2015-2016 season where he recorded a then career-high 27 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to the Houston Rockets.
Antetokounmpo also played for Team Africa in the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game in August 2015 where he represented his parent’s origin in Nigeria. He later agreed to a four-year $ 100 million contract extension with the Bucks during the 2016-2017. From there he has been playing hard for the Bucks making and breaking the best career highs in the 2018-2019 season. His latest game was when he broke a tie with Shaquille O’ Neal for the most in a single-season since 1976-77.
Nba Giannis Antetokounmpo | Nba Vote | Draft
After he turned 18 years in December 2018, he signed a for year deal with a Spanish club that later crowned him eligible for the 2013 NBA draft on April 28, 2013. Since then he has been playing for the Bucks NBA team.,
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He is currently playing for the Milwaukee Bucks after he was drafted in 2013.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo Salary
Giannis is currently earning a net salary of $24,157,304 in his agreed contract with The Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Contract
Antetokounmpo signed a 4-year contract worth $100,000,000 with the Milwaukee Bucks with a $100,000,000 guaranteed and an annual salary of $25,000,000.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Position
He plays Small forward and Power forward in the basketball pitch.
Giannis Antetokounmpo pronunciation
The pronunciation of his Greek last name is “Antay-tu-koompo,” and the first name pronounced “Yonnis” in third person and “Yonnie” when speaking to him directly.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Alexis Antetokounmpo
Alexis is the younger brother to Giannis.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Net Worth
His estimated net worth is $25 million.
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Antetokounmpo hints at dunk contest participation in 2020
MILWAUKEE — If you were lucky enough to watch the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, chances are you saw Giannis Antetokounmpo throw down some ridiculous dunks.
Behind Antetokounmpo’s game-high 38 points and Khris Middleton’s 20, Team Giannis led for most of the game, but Team LeBron completed the comeback and won 178-164.
From the opening possession, Antetokounmpo was on a mission to dunk the basketball. The most exciting play of the evening came on a bounce pass from Stephen Curry.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo: ‘They took NBA All Star MVP away from me
Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 38 points and Team Giannis looked on course for victory going into the third quarter.
But team LeBron – led by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James – rallied towards the end to record a 178-164 victory.
Kevin Durant was awarded MVP after putting up 31 points for James’ side
“They got hot and took it away from me.”
Golden State Warriors forward Durant won the All Star MVP or the second time having also won it in 2012.
And he said he was delighted to be crowned the best player of the midseasons showpiece once againDurant also claimed the bragging rights over Warriors team-mate Klay Thompson.
And the 30-year-old said: “All these players are great, you know.
“We’re mixing up the conferences, and there’s so many great players in the league.
“So to be out here amongst so much greatness, I appreciate it.
“This will definitely give me some bragging rights, me and Klay.
“But (fellow Warrior) Steph (Curry) did hit that tough shot over Klay, so I’m sure we’re gonna be talking about that for the next couple of days. I’m glad I got the MVP, as well.”
On potentially winning more MVP gongs, he added: “It’s all sweet to me. It’s hard to rank.
“Everything is special. But it was cool to be out there with the best players in the game. Keep trying to rack them up, I guess.”
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