By Kamberos Dimitris, Michalopoulos Nick, Kakaroumbas Panagiotis & Kounelis Giannis
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the «Greek Freak» due to his athleticism, he primarily plays forward, but is also capable of playing guard with his ball-handling skills.
Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece on December 6, 1994, the son of immigrants from Nigeria. Even though Antetokounmpo and three of his four brothers were born in Greece, they did not automatically qualify to receive full Greek citizenship. For the first 18 years of his life, Antetokounmpo had no papers from Nigeria or Greece.Antetokounmpo grew up in the Athens neighborhood of Sepolia. The New York Times reported: «Like many other immigrants to Greece, his parents struggled to find work. Antetokounmpo and his older brother, Thanasis, helped out by hawking items such as watches, bags and sunglasses. In 2007, Antetokounmpo started playing basketball, and by 2009, he was playing competitively for the youth squad of Filathlitikos. In 2011, he joined the senior men’s team of Filathlitikos, and played with them in Greece’s third-tier level semi-pro league, the Greek 3rd Division, during the 2011–12 season.
On April 28, 2013, Antetokounmpo officially made himself eligible for the 2013 NBA draft.He fulfilled his draft projections as a first-round pick by being selected 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. On July 30, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Bucks.
On September 19, 2016, Antetokounmpo agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract extension with the Bucks. As a result of his efforts, Antetokounmpo was named to the All-NBA Second Team, earning his first All-NBA honor He was also named the recipient of the NBA Most Improved Player Award for the 2016–17 season, becoming the first player in Bucks history to be named Most Improved Player.
At 2017-2018 season he was named a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, becoming the first Buck since Marques Johnson (1979–80) to be named a starter in two straight All-Star Games. This season,he has many great performances and he has many chances to win the MVP award.