Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Giannis Antetokounmpo
Γιάννης Αντετοκούνμπο
No. 34 – Milwaukee Bucks
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1994-12-06) December 6, 1994 (age 19)
Sepolia, Athens, Greece
NationalityGreek
Listed height6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–2013Filathlitikos Zografou (Greece 2nd)
2013–presentMilwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
 
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Giannis Antetokounmpo
Γιάννης Αντετοκούνμπο
No. 34 – Milwaukee Bucks
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1994-12-06) December 6, 1994 (age 19)
Sepolia, Athens, Greece
NationalityGreek
Listed height6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–2013Filathlitikos Zografou (Greece 2nd)
2013–presentMilwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards

Giannis Antetokounmpo[1] (Greek: Γιάννης Αντετοκούνμπο, Greek pronunciation: [ˈʝanis a(n)detoˈku(m)bo]; born December 6, 1994) is a Greek[2] professional basketball player of Nigerian descent who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[3] He is currently the youngest player in the NBA. His older brother, Thanasis, currently plays for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League.[4] His nickname is "The Greek Freak".[5]

Professional career[edit]

Antetokounmpo started playing basketball with the youth teams of Filathlitikos in Greece. He began his professional career in Greece's 2nd-tier basketball league, the Greek A2 League, with the senior men's club of Filathlitikos in the 2012–13 season. When he turned 18, in December 2012, he signed a four-year contract with the Spanish League club CAI Zaragoza.[6] The contract with Zaragoza is worth €250,000 euros net income per season, and runs through the 2013-14 to 2016–17 seasons, with the last season being an option year.[7] The contract also includes an affordable buyout clause that can be exercised by any team that plays in the NBA or the Euroleague.[8] He decided to stay with the Filathlitikos for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.

During the Greek A2 League 2012–13 season, Antetokounmpo shot 46.4% from the field overall (62.1% on 2 PT field goals), 31.3% on 3 PT field goals, and 72.0% on free throws, while averaging 22.5 minutes per game.[9] He averaged 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game, in 26 games played. He also had a PIR of 8.3.[10] He was also selected by the coaches as a special participant in the 2013 Greek League All-Star Game. In addition to playing in the 2nd-tier Greek A2 League during the 2012-13 season, he also played in Greece's 5th-tier ESKA league category for youth competitions. Because of this situation, during the 2012-13 season, he played in two separate league competitions for the same club in Greece, playing both for the senior men's team of Filathlitikos and for one of the team's junior squads.

On April 28, 2013, it was announced that Antetokounmpo was officially entering his name into the 2013 NBA draft, as an early entrant.[11] Giannis fulfilled his draft projections as a first round pick by being selected 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. On July 30, 2013, he signed a rookie scaled contract with the Bucks.[12]

Greek national team[edit]

Antetokounmpo has been a member of the Greek junior national teams. He played with Greece's junior national team at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.

Personal[edit]

Giannis Antetokounmpo was born in Sepolia, Athens, Greece to Nigerian parents.[13] Although he is of Nigerian descent, he does not have Nigerian nationality.[14] He officially gained full Greek citizenship on May 9, 2013,[2] with the official legal spelling of his name being Giannis Antetokounmpo.[15]

Giannis has two older brothers, named Francis and Thanasis, as well as two younger brothers, named Kostas and Alexis.[16] Thanasis was Giannis's teammate when he was with Filathlitikos, and he also played with him in the 2013 Greek League All-Star Game, while Francis has played football professionally in Nigeria and Kostas started playing officially for Filathlitikos during their 2013-14 season. All of the Antetokounmpo brothers have played basketball in the Filathlitikos system.

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