“The Greek Freak”. A Giannis Antetokounmpo jersey is one of the hottest jerseys on the market today. This kid is a superstar and has continued to improve in the last couple years of his career. His name is coming up in the same conversation as some other legends and it will be fun to watch where he takes his career. I have a feeling Giannis’s career is going to take off even more. From blocking shots to making huge dunks, the kid can do it all.
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Life In Greece
The United States of America was not home to Giannis Antetokounmpo as a child. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Giannis comes from Nigerian descent from his mother’s side, but his parents moved to Greece prior to him being born. The town where he grew up was on the north side of Greece. Antetokounmpo’s parents struggled with finances and finding good work, so Giannis and his brothers would try to help out in anyways that they could. They got familiar with selling items in the city and would sell watches, sunglasses, and bags. This is how they did their best to help out.
Giannis didn’t start out playing the game of basketball, but as he got older he started to get more involved in it. He played with the youth team of Filathlitikos. This was a club basketball team in Greece and they didn’t only have a youth team. Filathlitikos had a professional squad as well and Giannis eventually would end up moving up and playing for them. He was a big kid and had great size, which was perfect for the game of basketball. He joined the pro team in the year of 2012 and they were a part of the Greek League. This is when his basketball career started to take off.
Greek League Basketball Career
During his first season with Filathlitikos, Giannis put up some good numbers and had a great season. He averaged around 9.5 points per game, 5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1 block. Antetokounmpo was selected to the Greek League All-Star game and was able to showcase his ability against some of the league’s top superstars. He got a good amount of attention for his game and a Spanish club called Zaragoza had some interest in signing Giannis.
Zaragoza ended up signing a deal and this is where Giannis was going to play for the next four years after his season with Filathlitikos was over. Good thing that it only took this one season to get enough attention from the National Basketball Association in the United States of America. Giannis would never actually end up playing with Zaragoza. He became eligible for the draft and decided to give it a shot. The scouts saw great potential and projectability from the young kid from Greece. Giannis entering the draft seemed to have worked out in his favor, the scouts liked what they saw in the “Greek Freak”.
NBA Rookie Season
The Milwaukee Bucks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He ended up getting off to a decent start in his first season with the Bucks’. He played in a good amount of games and put up averages of 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. Antetokounmpo ended up leading all the NBA rookies in blocks. He had 61 blocks on the season and put up two double-doubles along the way. Due to the success of his rookie season, he was selected to the NBA All-Rookie second team. This is a great accomplishment and truly showed that Giannis was on the way to becoming one of the NBA’s next biggest stars. It took him a couple seasons before his name and popularity really started to take off though. A Giannis Antetokounmpo jersey was about to be a hot item.
Becoming A Star
The NBA season of 2016-2017 is when Giannis’s name and fame started to take flight. Throughout this season he had career highs in games and was named Eastern Conference player in the month of November. He received this award and recognition multiple different times. Antetokounmpo ended up scoring twenty points in fourteen games in a row. He was named as a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star team and this is when his star status in the game of basketball started to take off. In the month of March he was noticed as the Eastern Conference Player of the Month. His game and level of play continued to improve. Check out the video below on this NBA star!
Leading In Numbers
Giannis ended up leading the Bucks in all five of the major categories. These categories include points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. There have only been four other players in the history of the NBA who have done this. Giannis joined some of the greats with this accomplishment including Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Scottie Pippen, and Dave Cowens. He also received the award of the NBA’s Most Improved Player.
Giannis had another solid year in the 2017-2018 season and put up some great numbers. He was named as a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game and this was the second straight year in a row. Antetokounmpo was the first player from the Milwaukee Bucks since Marques Johnson to be named as a starter for the All-Star Game for two consecutive years. Along with reaching this record, Giannis also holds the most triple-doubles by any Buck. Giannis ended up passing the famous Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who held this triple-double record prior to Antetokounmpo passing him. He has had a great career as a Buck up to this point and is hoping to eventually bring a championship to the city of Milwaukee.
The Antetokounmpo brothers are all involved in the game of basketball and remain close to one another. One of Giannis’s brothers, Kostas, most recently joined the Dallas Mavericks. Kostas is following in his brother’s footsteps by coming to be a part of the National Basketball Association. He is trying to make a name for himself just like Giannis and is looking forward to the day when they will play against each other.
Kostas Brotherly Love
Kostas jokes around and says he can’t wait to face off against his brother so that he can shut him down. That should be an interesting match up to watch if we will be lucky enough to see that one day. They are both very talented basketball players and maybe Giannis will help and give his brother some tips. Seeing Kostas and Giannis both playing in the All-Star Game together sure would be great. I guess we will have to stay tuned in to find out!
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the league right now. He is a big guy and has hands that measure at twelve inches…that is huge. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for this young NBA star. Where do you think he will end up ranking among the all-time greats? Please leave your comments below!