[112], Giannis is a devout Christian and was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church. Nearly 7 feet tall, Antetokounmpo's combination of size, speed and ball-handling skills led to his nickname the "Greek Freak". [45], In Game 1 of the Bucks' first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Antetokounmpo recorded 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in a 113–107 overtime loss. [38] In Game 5 of the series on April 24, Antetokounmpo set a new playoff career-high with 30 points, but could not lead the Bucks to a win as they lost 118–93 to go down 3–2 in the series. He scored 20 points in a prep game against Montenegro. [70], On September 18, 2020, Antetokunmpo won his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. [73] At EuroBasket 2015, Greece was unbeaten in the group stages, and reached the quarter-finals, where a tight game ended in favor of the eventual champions, Spain. [110] Antetokounmpo's younger brother, Kostas, played college basketball for Dayton before being selected with the last pick in the 2018 NBA draft. With Antetokounmpo in this role, the Bucks have flourished defensively, becoming one of the league's best defensive teams, leading the NBA in defensive rating in 2018-19 and 2019–20. Greece's roster consisted of many experienced players, most of them previously crowned European champions with their clubs, like Vassilis Spanoulis, Ioannis Bourousis and Nikos Zisis, and Greece was a favorite for a medal, after showing great form in friendly games. [66] Although the Bucks finished the seeding games with a 3–5 record, they set the best record in the NBA for the second consecutive year, finishing with a 56–17 record. He was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, where he tallied nine points, two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes. [81] Greece finished the tournament in 11th place. Antetokounmpo also represented Greece at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where he averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.4 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game, in 5 games played. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 77 appearances during his rookie season. The 'Greek Freak' continues his impressive form from the last season and has achieved another milestone in the current season. [71], Antetokounmpo represented Greece for the first time in July 2013 with the Greek Under-20 national team at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. [81] Greece finished the tournament in 11th place. According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, Giannis Antetokounmpo is also on track to post the highest player efficiency rating (PER) in NBA history. [8] After gaining Greek citizenship in 2013, a romanization of their surname Adetokunbo saw it become Antetokounmpo.[9]. From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, https://simple.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Giannis_Antetokounmpo&oldid=6927759, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. [26] Antetokounmpo's fourth season would be his breakout season, as he further increased his statistical output and ascended to stardom. home/away, monthly, etc... More Giannis Antetokounmpo Basketball Reference pages, Compare Giannis Antetokounmpo to other players, 2019-20 Bucks This page was last changed on 4 May 2020, at 20:37. He is the 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player. [27] A couple weeks later, Antetokounmpo recorded 27 points and 13 rebounds and made his first game-winning buzzer beater, a 15-foot turnaround jumper which gave the Bucks a 105–104 victory over the New York Knicks. Antetkounmpo was critical to this early success, earning the Eastern Conference Player of the Month awards for October, November and December, and later, February. [36] He was also named the recipient of the NBA Most Improved Player Award for the 2016–17 season, becoming the first player in Bucks history to be named Most Improved Player. He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second Bucks player to win MVP, and became the third-youngest player to win the MVP over the previous 40 seasons, behind Derrick Rose and LeBron James. [57] At the NBA's end-of-season awards night, Antetokounmpo was named the league's Most Valuable Player. On July 30, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Bucks. [46] Antetokounmpo's game-winning tip-in in Game 4 equalised the series at two games a piece. [67][68] During the playoffs, the Bucks advanced to the second round but lost 4–1 to the Miami Heat. [33] Antetokounmpo helped the Bucks finish an Eastern Conference-best 14–4 in March, the franchise's first calendar month with at least 14 victories since going 16–2 in February 1971. Prepare for the NBA's Antetokounmpo-ization", "How a Greek Orthodox Priest Made Giannis Antetokounmpo a Devout Christian", Giannis Antetokounmpo's parish priest reveals basketballer's close ties with Greek Orthodox church, "Giannis Antetokounmpo's GF Gives Birth To First Child", "Giannis is a dad! [4][5][6] Three years earlier, his parents had moved from Lagos, leaving behind their firstborn son, Francis, with his grandparents. Over 26 games, he averaged 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game. The award was the first of Antetokounmpo's career and the first for a Buck since Michael Redd won the award in January 2004. Under new coach Mike Budenholzer, the Bucks began the season with seven consecutive victories, and went 25-10 before the New Year. However, in the Bucks' first round playoff match-up with the Chicago Bulls, they were defeated 4 games to 2. Giannis finished the season with an all-time record for single-season NBA Player Efficiency Rating (PER) with 31.87, as per Basketball Reference, having surpassed the previous record held by Wilt Chamberlain of 31.82.

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