Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
On April 28, 2013, it was announced that Antetokounmpo was entering his name into the 2013 NBA draft, as an early entrant. He fulfilled his draft projections as a first round pick by being selected 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. On July 30, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Bucks. On May 22, 2014, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team for the 2013–14 season.
On August 1, 2015, Antetokounmpo played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.
On October 26, 2015, the Bucks exercised their fourth-year team option on Antetokounmpo’s rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. Antetokounmpo improved his scoring to begin the 2015–16 season, averaging 16 points per game over the first 20 games. He also had a high two-point field goal percentage, hovering around 53% from inside the three-point line. On November 19, he scored a career-high 33 points in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On December 12, he recorded a near triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, helping the Bucks snap the Golden State Warriors’ unbeaten start to the season with a 108–95 win. On January 15, 2016, he recorded 28 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 108–101 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks. On February 22, he recorded his first career triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 108–101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. At 21 years old, he became the youngest Buck to record a triple-double. A week later, he recorded his second career triple-double with 18 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists in a 128–121 win over the Houston Rockets. On March 4, he recorded a near triple-double with 27 points, a career-high 12 assists and nine rebounds in a 116–101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Two days later, he recorded his third triple-double of the season with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 104–96 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, becoming the first Buck to have three triple-doubles in a season since Alvin Robertson in 1990–91. On March 13, he recorded his fourth triple-double in 11 games with 28 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds in a 109–100 win over the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first Bucks player with four triple-doubles in a season
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2014)