Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks All-Star is the face of the franchise. Born a stateless child, the Greek Freak lived in conditions of extreme poverty in Greece. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who couldn’t even dribble a few years back, saw basketball as an escape from the impoverished life he was living in Greece. He entered the 2013 draft and was chosen #15 by the Milwaukee Bucks as a small/power forward. The pick did not turn out to be an instant success for the Milwaukee Bucks, however, Giannis Antetokounmpo bore them fruitful results in the following years.
Even though he is physically equipped to play the center position Giannis Antetokounmpo plays forward position. His dominance on the court, especially in the paint is that of a center. His post defense and paint dominance are compared to greats like Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley.
Giannis was awarded as the Most Improved Player of the Year in 2017 and had a breakout season an year after that, becoming the first player in NBA history to win MIP and MVP award. He became a household name in Milwaukee and lead the Bucks to the western conference finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo wears Jersey number 34 to honor his parents. His jersey number is a mix of the years his parents were born. For the same reason, his brother wears the number 43.
Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a long-term deal with Nike and launched his signature shoes with a unique logo that Nike designed for him. It is the letter A with in the form of a triangle. Reportedly, the logo was designed in a way to symbolize moments in Giannis’ life and his proud Greek heritage. Giannis learned his excellent work ethic from Kobe Bryant. In the wake of Kobe’s death, Giannis Antetokounmpo deleted his Twitter and all means of contact in order to respect his memory. Giannis expressed his wish to stay loyal to the Milwaukee bucks as an ode to Kobe Bryant.
|Date of Birth||6 December 1994|
|Current Team||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Salary||$2.42 crores USD|
|Overall pick||#15 Round 1 (2013)|
Giannis Antetokounmpo at the age of 25, is estimated at $60 million net worth by Celebrity Net Worth. His net worth is expected to go higher and higher with endorsements and shoe deals he is bagging with his exceptional on-court performance. In a long-term deal, Giannis Antetokounmpo launched his signature shoes with Nike in 2017. In addition, he endorses 2K Sports, Hulu, and Tissot.
Coming from a humble background, Giannis has always been actively involved in charity work. Milwaukee and Wisconsin have grown to love the Greek Freak for his charitable deeds. During thanksgiving 2018, Giannis Antetokounmpo was seen donating food and money to local food banks to Milwaukee’s underprivileged.
However, Giannis didn’t forget his roots. He returned to Greece during 2019 offseason to help the community he was a part of for the most part of his life. He organized an entertaining basketball and dancing event ‘Give N Rise’ to raise money for charity. He made significant contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement. He took to the streets with teammates to address police brutality and systemic racism. He asked for safer streets for his son and girlfriend in Milwaukee.
While he could easily write a check and escape the groundwork, Giannis does just the opposite. He even pledged and extra $100,000 to the After School Matter charity during the All-Star Game. This was in addition to the $100,000 donated by the NBA to the Winner’s chosen charity.
2019- Euroscar Player of the Year
|2017- Most Improved Player||1x All-NBA First Team
2x All-NBA Second Team
|1x All-Defensive First Team
1x All-Defensive Second Team
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