December 6, 1994 (28)
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek-Nigerian professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Antetokounmpo’s country of origin, in addition to his size, speed, strength, and ball-handling skills have earned him the nickname “Greek Freak”.
Starting his basketball journey with Filathlitikos in Greece, Giannis quickly made a name for himself with his versatility and talent. His international breakthrough came when he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013. Over the years, he transformed the Bucks into championship contenders, delivering an NBA Championship in 2021 and establishing himself as a vital asset to the franchise.
Throughout his career, Giannis has collaborated with a variety of renowned individuals and athletes. This includes the likes of Khris Middleton, with whom he shares a deep bond on and off the court, and LeBron James, against whom he has had memorable All-Star matchups. His ties with other celebrities include Drake, who famously sported a Giannis jersey, and fellow Greek athlete Stefanos Tsitsipas. He’s also teamed up with players like Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and James Harden during All-Star games, and has shared the court with legends like Kobe Bryant. Off the court, Giannis has partnered with brands and icons such as Nike, leading to signature shoe releases that reflect his unique journey and style.
Giannis’s career achievements include multiple NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) titles, making him one of the youngest players to achieve this distinction. In 2020, he became the third player in NBA history to win both the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. Furthermore, his performance during the 2021 NBA Finals earned him the coveted NBA Finals MVP, a testament to his crucial role in Milwaukee’s title run.