Giannis Antetokounmpo | Bio, Height, Weight, Stats and Records

Giannis Antetokounmpo | Bio, Height, Weight, Stats and Records.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, in Athens, Greece, is a Greek basketball player who led the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA championship in 2021. His parents were Nigerian immigrants without legal status in Greece, making Giannis and three of his four brothers stateless. The family struggled financially and faced discrimination, with Giannis sometimes selling items on the streets to help make ends meet.

Personal Information

HEIGHT6’11” (2.11m)
WEIGHT243lb (110kg)
COUNTRYGreece
LAST ATTENDEDFilathlitikos
AGE29 years
BIRTHDATEDecember 6, 1994
DRAFT2013 R1 Pick 15
EXPERIENCE10 Years

Personal life

In the 2019 FIBA World Cup, he averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists over 5 games, leading Greece to the Second Round with a 52.5% shooting rate. During the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, he scored 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game in 3 games. In the 2014 FIBA World Cup, he had 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 16 minutes per game, with notable performances against Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Argentina. In the 2013 U20 European Championships, he averaged 8.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 10 games, ranking high in defensive rebounds and blocks as Greece finished fifth. For the 2012-13 season with Filathlitikos AO, he averaged 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists, shooting 62.1% from 2-point range, and played in the Greek League All-Star Game.

Professional Career

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the 2018-19 NBA MVP and a 3-time NBA All-Star Game starter (2017, 2018, 2019), even captaining Team Giannis in 2019. He made the All-NBA team three times (1st team in 2019, 2nd team in 2017 and 2018) and the All-Defensive team twice (1st team in 2019, 2nd team in 2017). He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award in 2017 and holds the Bucks’ record for triple-doubles (14). Giannis was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month five times and Player of the Week nine times. He also participated in various All-Star Weekend events in 2014 and 2015 and was on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2013-14.

Before NBA

Before the 2018-19 NBA season, the player had a standout MVP-winning season, playing 72 games and averaging career highs in points (27.7, 3rd in the NBA), rebounds (12.5, 6th in the NBA), and assists (5.9) per game. He set a franchise record with a 57.8% field goal percentage and became the 9th player in NBA history to average 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in a season. Highlights included scoring a career-high 52 points against Philadelphia and achieving five triple-doubles throughout the season. He consistently scored in double figures in 69 games, had 20+ points in 58 games, 30+ points in 29 games, and 40+ points in 5 games. He missed a few games due to various injuries but made a significant impact when on the court.

In the 2017-18 season, he set career highs in points (26.9) and rebounds (10.0), playing 75 games and ranking 2nd in the NBA for minutes per game. He achieved his first triple-double of the season against Denver and recorded double-doubles in 42 games. The 2016-17 season saw him leading his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals, becoming the first player in NBA history to rank in the top 20 in all these categories. His first triple-double came in the 2015-16 season, where he played 80 games and averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. In his rookie season (2013-14), he averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds over 77 games, leading all NBA rookies in blocks. In the playoffs, he consistently scored in double figures, had several 20+ point games, and achieved multiple double-doubles, with standout performances in the 2019 postseason.

Records

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LFTLEAGUESEASONDATETEAMOPPONENTSCORE
32NBA23-24Dec 14, 2023Milwaukee BucksIndiana Pacers140 – 126
24NBA20-21Feb 22, 2021Milwaukee BucksSacramento Kings128 – 115
24NBA22-23Mar 15, 2023Milwaukee BucksPhoenix Suns104 – 116
23NBA21-22Nov 21, 2021Milwaukee BucksOrlando Magic117 – 108
22NBA17-18Dec 2, 2017Milwaukee BucksSacramento Kings109 – 104
22NBA22-23Dec 20, 2022Milwaukee BucksNew Orleans Pelicans119 – 128
22NBA22-23Jan 26, 2023Milwaukee BucksDenver Nuggets107 – 99
22NBA23-24Jan 20, 2024Milwaukee BucksDetroit Pistons135 – 141
21NBA16-17Feb 10, 2017Milwaukee BucksLos Angeles Lakers114 – 122
21NBA16-17Mar 31, 2017Milwaukee BucksDetroit Pistons108 – 105

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, Giannis Antetokounmpo can speak Greek fluently and often gives interviews in Greek. He impresses reporters with how well he speaks the language, showing his strong connection to his Greek roots.

Giannis is known for his size, speed, and strength, as well as being from Greece, earning him the nickname “Greek Freak.” He is considered one of the greatest power forwards and one of the best players in basketball history.

Giannis chose the number 34 because it combines the 3 from his mother’s birth year and the 4 from his father’s birth year. His brother Thanasis did the opposite and wears 43. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo has played in the NBA for 11 years.