Who Is Giannis Antetokounmpo? – Everything About His Early Life, His family, Biography, Net Worth, Career, Lifestyle.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player who has a net worth of $70 million. Affectionately referred to as “the Greek freak”, Giannis is one of the highest-paid players in the NBA, with an annual salary that tops  and an annual salary of $45 million.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was born in Sepolia, Athens, Greece in December 1994. He is a 6’11” small forward who first played professionally in Greece from 2012 to 2013. Antetokounmpo was drafted #15 by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2013 NBA Draft and has played for the Bucks his entire NBA career. In 2014 he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Antetokounmpo has earned the nickname “The Greek Freak”. He was a part of the BBVA Rising Stars contest in 2014 and 2015, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2015, and the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge contest in 2014. Antetokounmpo was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week in February 2015.

Earnings and Contracts: Giannis has a shoe endorsement deal with Nike among several other significant endorsement deals.In November 2017, Giannis signed a “long-term” endorsement contract with Nike. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Giannis earned $35 million from salary and endorsements. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned $43 million. He earns at least $10 million per year from endorsements.

In September 2016, Giannis signed a four-year $100 million contract with the Bucks.

On December 15, 2020 Giannis signed a five-year $228 million contract extension with the Bucks. In terms of dollars per season, it was the largest contract in NBA history at the time of signing. The deal pays an average annual salary of $45 million. When you include the final year of his previous contract Giannis will earn $256 million over six seasons. His actual salary per season will break down as follows:

2020-21: $27.5 million

2021-22: $39.3 million

2022-23: $42.5 million

2023-24: $45.6 million

2024-25: $48.8 million

2025-26: $51.9 million

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most impressive players in the NBA (Image credit: Getty)

2015-16 saw Giannis improve even further, his PPG went to almost 17 this year. However, he wasn’t able to create a significant impact on the team.

In the 2016-17 season, Giannis took his game to another level. His exceptional performances earned him a spot in the Eastern Conference All-Star team, thereby becoming the first Greek NBA All-Star.

That year, Bucks secured a playoff spot, but were beaten by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.

The next year, ‘The Greek Freak’ literally lived up to his nickname. He surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that year for the most triple-doubles in Bucks’ history. However, the Bucks were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

In the next season (2018-19), Bucks went on an unbeaten run of seven. Thanks to their new coach Mike Budenholzer and Giannis. Giannis recorded a career high 52 points against Philadelphia 76ers.

Bucks went until the Eastern Conference Finals, and were beaten by Toronto Raptors, who would go on to win the NBA championship that year

Giannis won the MVP player for the 18-19 season, only the second player in Bucks’ history to win the award.

He continued the 2019-20 season from where he left off. Giannis helped the Bucks earn another playoff spot, with his unbelievable plays. The Bucks fell to Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs.

And for a second consecutive year, Giannis won the MVP award.

In the 2020-21 season, Gianna was on a tear and in fact still has been. Bucks have reached the Eastern Conference finals in the 2020-21 season.

Antetokounmpo kept his faith in the Bucks by signing a supermax extension in December. He also decided to take a different mental approach.

He acknowledged getting too caught up in the emotional swings of each win and loss earlier in his career. He stayed more level-headed this year while also emerging as a more vocal leader.

“I was getting too high (after wins), and maybe the loss I felt like it was the end of the world,” Antetokounmpo said the day before winning the championship. “I feel like this year, lose or win, that did not happen. I was the same kind of guy. I just live with whatever outcome comes because I believe that I’m supposed to be there in that time and place.”

That strategy allowed the Bucks to erase 2-0 deficits in the second round against Brooklyn and again in these finals. It helped Antetokounmpo deal with the uncertainty in the immediate aftermath of his injury.

And now it has him on the highest of highs as the MVP of a league championship series and also winner of the NBA finals 2020- 2021 series

Giannis Antetokounmpo winner NBA Finals 2020-2021 season

Giannis Antetokounmpo winner MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo brothers

Giannis has three brothers. One elder and the other two younger. His elder brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo is an NBA player who also plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. He was picked by the New York Knicks as a part of their 2014 draft.

Thanasis is not a regular starter like his brother Giannis. However, in the year 2020-21 he has featured in more than 50 games, albeit as a substitute.

Giannis’ younger brother Kostas Antetokounmpo plays as a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is slowly getting into the groove, featuring in 15 games for the Lakers this year.

The youngest brother of Giannis, Alex Antetokounmpo, is a basketball player as well. He plays for the UCAM Murcia of the Spanish Liga ACB.

Giannis Antetokounmpo shoes

Giannis got his signature shoe line released in the year 2019, in partnership with Nike. The shoe named Zoom Freak was launched on the 1st of July, 2019. The shoes became a massive hit.

The following year Zoom Freak 2 was released, and Giannis had then decided to stick with a simple look, when compared to the whacky Zoom Freak 1

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a two-time winner of the MVP and one of the greatest modern-day NBA players, and here is all about his net worth, salary, records and endorsements

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the greatest modern players in the NBA. ‘The Greek Freak’ as he is known, was born in Athens to Nigerian immigrants.

In 2013 he was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks in Round 1 as the 15th overall. Since then, he has gone on to put on some mesmerizing show for his team, going on to win the NBA MVP twice while leading them to the playoffs several times.

 

Giannis joined the Bucks in 2013, after plying his trade for Filathlitikos – a team in the semi-pro Greek B Basket League.

‘The Greek Freak’ made his NBA debut on the 13th of October in 2013, when he was just 18 years old. He had quite an impressive season, ultimately being named in the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

Giannis improved in leaps and bounds during his second year at the Bucks. His PPG went from 6.8 to almost 13 during the 2014-15 season. However, it was a quite season for the Bucks.

2015-16 saw Giannis improve even further, his PPG went to almost 17 this year. However, he wasn’t able to create a significant impact on the team.

In the 2016-17 season, Giannis took his game to another level. His exceptional performances earned him a spot in the Eastern Conference All-Star team, thereby becoming the first Greek NBA All-Star.

That year, Bucks secured a playoff spot, but were beaten by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.

The next year, ‘The Greek Freak’ literally lived up to his nickname. He surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that year for the most triple-doubles in Bucks’ history. However, the Bucks were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

In the next season (2018-19), Bucks went on an unbeaten run of seven. Thanks to their new coach Mike Budenholzer and Giannis. Giannis recorded a career high 52 points against Philadelphia 76ers.

Bucks went until the Eastern Conference Finals, and were beaten by Toronto Raptors, who would go on to win the NBA championship that year.

Giannis won the MVP player for the 18-19 season, only the second player in Bucks’ history to win the award.

He continued the 2019-20 season from where he left off. Giannis helped the Bucks earn another playoff spot, with his unbelievable plays. The Bucks fell to Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs.

And for a second consecutive year, Giannis won the MVP award.

In the 2020-21 season, Gianna was on a tear and in fact still has been. Bucks have reached the Eastern Conference finals in the 2020-21 season.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo Net Worth and Salary

Giannis Antetokounmpo has an astounding net worth of approximately $70 million. The ‘Greek Freak’ is one of the highest-paid NBA players currently. In the Forbes’ List for the World’s Highest-paid athletes for the year 2021, Giannis is placed number 19.

Just at the end of 2020, Giannis signed a contract extension that will keep him at Bucks for 5 more years, worth $228 million. He would be earning $39 million in the first year, and upwards.

His base salary is set at approximately $28 million.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Family

Giannis was born in Greece to immigrants from Nigeria, Charles Antetokounmpo and Veronica Antetokounmpo. He began playing basketball in the year 2007 when he was 13 years old.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and wife Mariah Riddlesprigger

Giannis Antetokounmpo and wife Mariah Riddlesprigger

 

Both of Giannis’ parents were athletes. His father was an association football player in Nigeria, while his mother was a high jumper. Giannis has three brothers.

Giannis’ girlfriend is Mariah Riddlesprigger who is an American volleyball player. Mariah was born on the 17th of September in 1992. There is no clear story about how the pair met.

They have a son named Liam Charles Antetokounmpo who was born in 2020.