Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo, the Greek Freak was born on 6th December 1994 in Athens, Greece. His professional basketball career started in 2013 when he appeared in the NBA draft.
He was the Milwaukee Bucks’ 15th pick and signed a rookie contract with them. Earlier in his career, he played for Filathlitikos in Athens as a youth player, and later in 2011, he was promoted to the senior team.
Antetokounmpo’s career peaked in the 2016/17 season as his stats were amazing. He topped the statistical table of Milwaukee bucks in all 5 major categories including total points, assists, steals, rebounds, and blocks. He was also the first player in NBA history to be ranked in the top 20 of all these 5 major categories.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was also rewarded with the Most Improved Player award in 2017 and due to that, he received his all-star team selection.
Later in his career, he was also rewarded with some of the prestigious NBA awards including NBA Most Valuable Player for 2 consecutive years. With that, he became one of the only players in NBA history to be rewarded with MVP at the age of 26 apart from Lebron James.
The Greek Nigerian & recent defensive player of the year started being called The Greek Freak by all the commentators for his amazing ball handling skills, speed, and strength.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Shoes
Nike Zoom Freak 3
The Nike Zoom Freak 3 is the 3rd signature shoe of Giannis Antetokounmpo with Nike. These amazing sneakers help increase Giannis’s ability to fulfill every role given to him. It creates space with the help of huge strides.
The external overlay and midfoot strap increase stability and improve control. This makes it even harder for his opponent to stop and guard him. The outsole is specially generated via a computer that optimizes ground contract in different directions to increase traction.
It recently launched in July with 3 colors available in the market and many more are yet to come in the future. Ross Klein is behind this amazing design of Nike Zoom Freak 3 who also was the artist behind Zoom Freak 1 and 2.
Nike Zoom Freak 2
The Nike Zoom Freak 2 is the 2nd signature shoe specially designed for Giannis but is an ideal shoe for every type of player who is looking for better responsiveness. Released in 2020, Zoom Freak 2 contains Zoom Air Technology especially inbuilt to make the shoes lighter.
It also contains web lacing on the forefoot to enhance stability. To make full use of Giannis’s length and speed, Zoom Freak 2 helps him drive the power on the court.
The unique selling point of these amazing shoes is a molded overlay attached to the outer front toe area. It is specially designed to make the Giannis Euro step move more effectively and smoother as it gives stability to the foot.
Nike Zoom Freak 1
The Nike Zoom Freak 1 is the very first signature sneaker that Giannis Antetokounmpo wore in a basketball match. It allows his techniques to enhance and improves his athleticism, thanks to the forefoot support and Zoom Air cushioning technology. Nike Zoom Freak 1, released in 2019 had a price tag of around $120.
This first signature shoe is, even more, special because of the stacked cushioning feature under the foot that makes landing even more smooth after ”above the rim jumps’’. Nike Zoom Freak 1 also contains double-stacked Air units to make Giannis’ constant jumping and cut-in plays smoother.
Nike Kobe A.D. Exodus
Nike Kobe AD. Exodus is another special shoe Giannis Antetokounmpo wore when he was not in any signature shoe contract. He was a sneaker-free agent in 2017. After being confused between Adidas and Nike, Giannis finally decided to proceed with his career with Kobe Bryant’s legendary post-career sneakers.
Kobe A.D. Exodus had Zoom Air technology in the back of the heal along with a plush ankle-high cushion that made the jumps and quick-cut plays even more comfortable. Giannis gave some exceptional performance in these sneakers including the famous dunk at which the commentator was shocked and said ”Did he just do that?”
Nike Kobe A.D. Mid
Nike Kobe AD Mid is one of the sneakers that Giannis Antetokounmpo wore when he was at his peak. These Kobe sneakers are perfect for players who are enthusiastic to drive on the court. It has a dual-layer mesh that gives the thinnest feel and lightweight support.
Apart from this, Kobe’s AD Mid also comes with Zoom air cushioning technology along with Lunarlon foam to enhance the delicacy while playing. The design of this sneaker is generated via computer to make the player enjoy amazing traction which as result will make the high jumps and quick-cut plays comfortable and smooth.
Professional Career and Statistics
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s senior professional career started with Filathlitikos in Greek B Basket League in 2011 where he scored around 10 points, 1.4 assists, and 5 rebounds per game in 26 games. Later in 2012, he was signed on a 4-year long contract by Zaragoza.
After that in 2013, he appeared in the NBA draft for the first time when he was selected in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks as their 15th pick. In October 2013, he started his first match as a rookie, becoming one of only a handful of players to debut at 18 years old.
His stats in the rookie season were worth the praise as he scored an average of 6.8 points, 2 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 4.4 rebounds in 77 matches.
He started becoming famous in 2015 when he improved his avg stats to 17 points per game. That season he had some amazing achievements to his name including career highest 33 points and his 1st career triple-doubles against Los Angeles Lakers.
NBA 18/19 Season
NBA 2018/19 season was when Giannis peaked in his career scoring his career-highest 52 points and 16 rebounds against the 76ers. In that season Giannis was also rewarded with MVP of the year. He was also given the role to lead the All-Star team side.
NBA 19/20 Season
In the 2019/20 season, Giannis won his 2nd consecutive MVP of the year along with the opportunity to lead the All-Star team once again. That year he was also rewarded with an NBA Defensive player of the year award.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has appeared in 9 seasons for Milwaukee Bucks till this date and has incredible stats. He scored an average of 21.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 9.4 rebounds per game in 656 games.
He has been rewarded with 6 All-Star game selections from which he captained for 2 games. He is 1 time NBA champion, 2 times MVP winner, and 1-time MVP finalist.
Family & Relationship
Giannis comes from an athletic family. His father, Charles was a Nigerian football player whereas his mother, Veronica played high jumping sports. He has 4 brothers, 2 of which are in the military. He has 2 children with his girlfriend. Gianni’s first son was born in 2020 and his second son was recently born in 2021.
Giannis is a giant man with a height of around 6 ft 11 inches which is a perfect height for a basketball forward player. The wingspan is a really important factor for any player to move faster and Giannis got a huge one. His outstretched arm is 7 ft 4 inches long, greater than his actual height.
Giannis also has an amazing hip extension feature which makes him more stable, flexible, and faster, and can cope with lateral motion with ease as compared to other athletes of his height.
The greatest feature of Gianni’s body that is praised by everyone is his huge Achilles, nearly double the size of an average adult male. This helps the player release the elastic energy and improve performance in the game.
Best Skillset of Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Giannis keeps the crossovers so low to make swiping hands impossible.
- Spin Move
- Euro-step moves
- Rim runner because of amazing vertical gravity.
- Offensive rebounder.
Giannis recently signed a 5-year contract worth $228 million. He earns around $480k per match. As per multiple reports, it was found that Giannis has a net worth of around $70m thanks to his huge salary and collaboration with Nike and WhatsApp.