Giannis Antetokounmpo Biography: NBA, Age, Wife, Net Worth, Instagram, Wikipedia, Photos, Parents

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye February 1, 2024

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek-Nigerian professional basketball player who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world and has won numerous individual and team awards, including the NBA championship, the NBA Finals MVP, and two NBA MVPs.

He is known for his incredible physical attributes and skills, which earned him the nickname “Greek Freak”. He is also a proud representative of his ancestral country, Nigeria, and his adopted country, Greece, in international competitions.

Profile

  • Full name: Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo
  • Nickname: Greek Freak
  • Date of birth: December 6, 1994
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Athens, Greece
  • Nationality: Greek, Nigerian
  • Profession: Basketball player
  • Height: 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
  • Parents: Charles and Veronica Antetokounmpo
  • Siblings: Thanasis, Kostas, Alex, and Francis Antetokounmpo
  • Spouse: Mariah Riddlesprigger
  • Children: Liam and Kostas Antetokounmpo
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $60 million

Early Life & Education

Giannis Antetokounmpo, who clocked at 29 in 2023, was born on December 6, 1994, in Athens, Greece, to Nigerian parents Charles and Veronica Antetokounmpo, who had immigrated from Lagos.

He grew up in the neighbourhood of Sepolia, where he and his family faced poverty and racism.

He and his brothers Thanasis, Kostas, Alex, and Francis helped their parents sell watches, bags, and sunglasses on the streets to make ends meet.

He only had Greek citizenship when he was 18 years old and had to use the Nigerian passport of his father, who was a former soccer player.

He started playing basketball for the youth teams of Filathlitikos, a Greek club based in Zografou, Athens. He was discovered by Spiros Velliniatis, a scout who helped him develop his skills and potential.

He made his professional debut with the senior team in 2011, when he was 16. He played in the Greek second and third divisions, averaging 9.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in the 2012-13 season.

He also attended the Zografou High School, where he graduated in 2013. He learned to speak Greek and English and became interested in history and philosophy.

He was a fan of Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Kevin Durant and admired Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

Personal Life

Giannis Antetokounmpo is married to Mariah Riddlesprigger, a former volleyball player at Rice University. They met in 2017 when she interned for the NBA’s NBA’s operations department in New York.

They got engaged in 2019 and tied the knot in 2021 in a private ceremony in Greece. They have two sons, Liam and Kostas, born in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Giannis is close to his family, especially his brothers, who all play basketball. His younger brothers, Thanasis and Kostas, are also NBA players for the Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, respectively. His other brothers, Alex and Francis, play in Europe and Nigeria.

His father, Charles, passed away in 2017 due to a heart attack, and his mother, Veronica, is a devout Christian who prays for him before every game.

Giannis is also a philanthropist who supports various causes and charities, such as UNICEF, Special Olympics, and the Giannis Antetokounmpo Academy, which he founded in 2018 to provide opportunities and mentorship for young athletes in Greece and Nigeria.

Career

Giannis Antetokounmpo has had an illustrious career in the NBA, where he has played for the Milwaukee Bucks since 2013.

He entered the 2013 NBA draft and was selected by the Bucks with the 15th overall pick. He became the first Greek player to be drafted in the first round and the youngest player in the 2013 draft class.



He made his NBA debut on October 30, 2013, against the New York Knicks, scoring 10 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 28 minutes of play.

He finished his rookie season with 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

He improved his game in his second season, increasing his averages to 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game and recording his first career triple-double on February 22, 2015, against the Philadelphia 76ers.

He also participated in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge and the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend.

He continued to develop his skills and versatility in his third season, playing multiple positions, from point guard to centre, and becoming the team’s leader and star.

He averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game and became the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in all five major statistical categories in a single season. He also made his first NBA All-Star appearance, and won the NBA Most Improved Player award.

He reached new heights in his fourth season, averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game, and becoming the first player in NBA history to rank in the top 20 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a single season.

He also made his second NBA All-Star appearance and was named to the All-NBA Second Team and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

He established himself as one of the best players in the league in his fifth season, averaging 26.9 points, 10 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game, leading the Bucks to their first 50-win season since 2001.

He also made his third NBA All-Star appearance, and was named to the All-NBA First Team and the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

He also won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award, becoming the third-youngest player to do so and the second player born outside the United States to do so.

He repeated his MVP feat in his sixth season, averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal per game, and leading the Bucks to the best record in the league for the second consecutive season.

He also made his fourth NBA All-Star appearance and was named the NBA All-Star Game MVP, the All-NBA First Team, and the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

He also won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, becoming the fifth player in NBA history to win both the MVP and the DPOY in the same season.

He achieved his goal in his seventh season, winning his first NBA championship with the Bucks, who defeated the Phoenix Suns in six games in the 2021 NBA Finals.

He averaged 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game in the series and scored a career-high 50 points in the clinching Game 6.

He also made his fifth NBA All-Star appearance and was named to the All-NBA First Team and the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

He also won his first NBA Finals MVP award, becoming the third player in NBA history to win the MVP, the DPOY, and the Finals MVP in his career.

He is currently in his eighth season with the Bucks, averaging 27.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game as of December 1, 2023.

He also made his sixth NBA All-Star appearance and is considered a frontrunner for his third NBA MVP award.

Net Worth

According to Forbes, Giannis Antetokounmpo has an estimated net worth of $60 million.

He earns most of his basketball salary, $39.3 million for the 2023-24 season, making him the fourth-highest-paid player in the NBA.

Controversy

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been involved in controversial incidents during his NBA career, mainly related to his interactions with referees, opponents, and fans. Some of the most notable controversies are:

In November 2023, he was ejected from a game against the Detroit Pistons for taunting Isaiah Stewart after a dunk. He received his second technical foul of the game for staring at Stewart, which many considered a harsh and inconsistent decision by the officials.

In March 2023, some critics accused him of stat-padding after he intentionally missed a layup in the final seconds of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers to secure his own rebound and complete a triple-double. He defended his action as a natural instinct, not a deliberate attempt to boost his numbers.

In December 2022, he was fined $25,000 by the NBA for headbutting Moritz Wagner of the Washington Wizards during a game. He apologized for his behaviour and said he lost his composure in the heat of the moment.

In February 2022, he was involved in a heated exchange with James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets during a game. He mocked Harden’s defence and free throw attempts, while Harden responded by calling him a “freak” and questioning his skill level.

In January 2020, he was sued by a Greek artist named Ioannis Lianos for allegedly using his trademarked nickname “Greek Freak” without his permission.

The lawsuit claimed that Antetokounmpo violated Lianos’Lianos’ intellectual property rights and demanded compensation and an injunction.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @giannis_an34
  • Twitter handle: @Giannis_An34



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