The NBA is experiencing an international takeover. Luka Doncic gleams with crafty scoring highlighted by his signature step-back three. Nikola Jokic may be the best passing big man of all time. Kristaps Porzingis is a unicorn.
Headlining the list is Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Greek Freak, who ascended to two MVPs through sheer dominance.
Giannis Sina Ougko Antetokounmpo was born to Charles and Veronica Antetokounmpo on December 6, 1994 in Athens, Greece. Charles and Veronica immigrated from Nigeria just three years earlier and settled in the Sepolia neighborhood of Athens. Giannis started playing basketball in 2007 and was playing professionally with Greek club Filathlitikos by 2009.
Basketball runs in the family. The power forward/small forward has two older brothers--Francis and Thanasas--and two younger brothers--Kostas and Alexis. Thanasis is a teammate on the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kostas currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. Alexis plays overseas in Spain.
Giannis' accomplishments are growing as his career proceeds. Here are a list of what he's achieved so far:
Giannis' Awards & Accolades with Milwaukee Bucks
-- 2x NBA Most Valuable Player
-- 5x NBA All-Star
-- 3x All-NBA First Team
-- 2x All-NBA Second Team
-- NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2020)
-- 3x NBA All-Defensive First Team
-- NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2017)
-- NBA Most Improved Player (2017)
-- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2014)
-- Euroscar European Player of the Year (2018)
Giannis has also twice served as Eastern Conference captain for the NBA All-Star Game opposite LeBron James.
Despite all the individual success, the professional basketball player values winning an NBA Championship above all else. He's proved his dedication in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. After getting revenge in a sweep against the Miami Heat in the first round, Giannis and the Bucks took out James Harden, Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets in the second round. Next came Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. 6 games later, and the Bucks are in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974.
The Phoenix Suns stand between Giannis and the most prized achievement of his basketball career.
Giannis was the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Bucks. He signed a rookie contract for three years worth $8,615,141 per Spotrac. His average salary was $2,871,714. He entered 2017 free agency as a restricted free agent.
The NBA MVP resigned with the Bucks that summer for a four-year, $100 million deal. His average salary is $25 million with the highest payday coming during the 2021 season when he'll earn $27,528,090.
The Nigerian-Greek hooper inked a five-year, $228 million supermax contract extension to stay in Milwaukee prior to the 2020-21 NBA season. The deal is the richest in NBA history.
The Greek Freek's primary sponsorships are Nike, JBL, Hulu, Tissot, Kronos Foods, and T-Mobile.
Nike has Giannis covered on footwear. Before entering the NBA, he had a deal with Nike that paid $20,000 per year. In November 2017, the NBA player inked a new deal with the swoosh that increased the annual salary to $9 million every year, per Forbes.
Giannis Antetokounmpo's Net Worth
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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Giannis Anteteokounmpo's estimated net worth is about $70 million. That number is only expected to grow as the superstar continues to shine on the court and gains a higher profile.
For now, the Bucks star is focused on winning his first Larry O'Brien Trophy.
This article was originally published March 21, 2020.
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