Giannis Antetokounmpo (“ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh”) is officially the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
In just a few seasons, the Greek Freak has become one of the most dominate players in the league. His MVP Stats: 27.7 points per game, 57.8% FG, 12.5 rebounds per game, 5.9 assists per game, and a 30.95 player efficiency rating (the highest in the NBA).
As the first Bucks MVP since Kareem Abdul Jabbar, he has been full embraced and beloved by the people of Milwaukee. Bucks fans now finally have hope that one day their city will host a Championship Parade once again at the hand of Giannis’ leadership.
Giannis has proved to us that on the court anything is possible, and off the court, more of the same.
As you will soon learn, his journey to the NBA wasn’t as easy as some of these other NBA stars. Believe it or not, Giannis struggled as a pro in Greece and showed minimal signs to become a breakout NBA talent.
More importantly, just getting himself in position to play basketball in Greece was a challenge, let alone gaining citizenship.
Giannis’ character and work ethic was molded by a determination to overcome his circumstances from an early age. As an immigrant from Nigeria, Giannis and his family fought to make ends meet when they arrived in Greece, but the young Greek Freak managed to contribute and make things easier for his loved ones by getting resourceful.
Giannis’ Nigerian roots are very important to his story, and one other NBA legend who will be named later shares his same exact background.
And of course, there is the fun and hilarious side of Giannis he have all seen in pressers and snapchat (you know the one). A unique and funny story about Giannis’ experience coming to the United States that we will reveal will be difficult to believe, but is 100% true.
It’s about time you know more about your new MVP. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about Giannis Antetokounmpo, starting with a ground-breaking sneaker deal.