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Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA Champion
NBA Finals MVP
NBA All-Star

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An unwavering will to win and grow.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has gone from Draft-day gem to one of the best overall NBA players of his generation and, perhaps, league history in very short order. Since debuting in the NBA in 2013, he has been named Most Improved Player, Kia MVP (twice), Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP all while helping Milwaukee win a title in 2021, its first since 1971.

Antetokounmpo was drafted at the age of 18 by the Bucks after playing two seasons with a semi-pro team in Greece. When he made his NBA debut in 2013, he was the 17th youngest player in NBA history. He started 23 games during his rookie season.

He developed rapidly over his first three seasons in the league to increase his averages from 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists as a rookie to 16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 4.3 apg by the 2015-16 season.

The growth of Antetokounmpo's game wasn’t limited to his stats. He continued to physically grow as well, measuring 2 1/2 inches taller after his rookie season than he did on Draft night. At 6-foot-11, Antetokounmpo’s combination of size, athleticism and speed presented a challenge for every opponent.

His playmaking abilities took center stage during the 2016-17 season as he embraced the role of point-forward to average 22.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 5.4 apg. He started his first All-Star game, earned the NBA’s Most Improved Player award and was selected to his first All-NBA and All-Defensive teams as he led Milwaukee to the No. 6 seed in the East.

Under new coach Mike Budenholzer, the Bucks dominated the 2018-19 regular season to finish with the best record in the East (60-22) and Milwaukee's first 60-win season since 1980-81. Antetokounmpo was at the center of it all en route to winning his first NBA MVP award. At 24, he joined LeBron James and Derrick Rose as the youngest MVPs in the modern era.

After playoff disappointment in the East finals, Antetokounmpo returned with a vengeance in 2019-20 to win his 2nd straight NBA MVP award as the Bucks steamrolled to another No. 1 seed in the East. In addition to MVP, Antetokounmpo was named Defensive Player of the Year, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players in NBA history to win the MVP and DPOY in the same season. Despite another dominant regular season, the team fell in the East semifinals after Antetokounmpo was limited due to a sprained ankle.

As a back-to-back MVP winner, Antetokounmpo faced new expectations to bring a title to Milwaukee during the 2020-21 season. He delivered during an iconic playoff run, which included an epic battle against Kevin Durant and the Nets during the East semifinals and an injury scare during the East finals. He missed the last two games of the East finals with a hyperextended knee before returning for Game 1 of The Finals.

Antetokounmpo was impactful (40 points in Game 2) but limited by his injury during the first two games. Then the series shifted to Milwaukee, where he reached another level to lead the Bucks to four straight wins and their first championship since 1971. He delivered two legendary Finals moments (a game-changing block in Game 4 and a game-winning alley-oop in Game 5) and 50 points in the closeout Game 6, which included a career-best 17-for-19 from the free throw line and five blocks.

He was named unanimous Finals MVP with averages of 35.2 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.8 bpg and 1.2 spg, becoming the first player in NBA history to average 35+ ppg, 13+ rpg and 5.0+ apg on better than 60% shooting in a Finals series. He joined Jordan as the only players in NBA history to win Finals MVP, multiple MVPs and DPOY during a career.

The championship secured the first rings for Antetokounmpo and his brother, Thanasis. Alongside their younger brother Kostas, who won a ring with the Lakers in 2020, the brothers are the first trio of siblings to each win an NBA championship ring.


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Reflects On His Journey to the Title

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis: A Day in the Life

Giannis Antetokounmpo

2018-19 MVP mixtape


Triple Doubles (1st All-Time MIL)

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