Tori Foster, Sports Editor
Giannis Sina Ougko Antetokounmpo, “The Greek Freak” or “The Alphabet,” have been the talk around the NBA world for the past three years.
He was born on Dec. 6, 1994 in Athens, Greece. His nationality is Greek and Nigerian.
Antetokounmpo is a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks that stands 6 feet 11 inches tall but he can also play power forward, point guard, small forward and shooting guard.
His career average: 18.9 points, 8.4 total rebounds, 4.2 assists, 52.3 field goal percentage, 27.4 3-point field goal percentage, 78.3 free throw percentage, and 54.1 effective field goal percentage in 472 games.
Antetokounmpo was drafted by the Bucks in the 2013 first round 15th pick and signed with them ever since. He is in his sixth season and so far in the 2019-20 season he averages 27.7 PTS, 14.0 REB, 7.4 AST, and 34.42 PER.
Some of his NBA career highs are:
53 minutes played @Nets March 20, 215
52 points v. Sixers on March 17, 2019
23 rebounds @ Raptors May 19, 2019
Antetokounmpo has appeared in the last three NBA All-Star games. He has been named Player of the Week 10 times since February 2015 and Player of the Month five times since March 2017.
The following is Antetokounmpo’s All League status since he has been drafted to the Bucks:
2013-14 All-Rookie (2nd)
2016-17 All-Defensive (2nd)
2016-17 All-NBA (2nd)
2017-18 All-NBA (2nd)
2018-19 All-Defensive (1st)
2018-19 All-NBA (1st)
Antetokounmpo has three younger brothers and one sister. His two-younger brothers Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo are also basketball players. Thanasis is small forward for the Bucks and this is his first season in the NBA. Kostas on the other hand is a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Last season, Antetokounmpo won The Most Valuable Player award. But that wasn’t his first time winning an award, during the 2016-17 season he won Most Improved Player.
Last Wednesday night in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, he had 38 PTS, 16 REB, and nine AST in the win against the Clippers 129-124.
That night Antetokounmpo became the first player since the merger to have three straight 30-15-5 games and the first player in NBA history to have over 200 PTS, 100 REB, and 50 AST in their first eight games of the season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has a very bright future ahead of him and he has just started the prime time of his career. Be aware of the deer and especially the Greek Freak.