On December 6, 1994 Giannis Sina Ougko Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece. At the time, jobs were scarce in Greece, so his parents struggled to find work. In 2007, Giannis began playing basketball and soon by 2009 he was playing in a competitive league for the Filathlitikos youth team.
From 2011-2012 Antetokounmpo started his professional career in a third tier semi-pro league of Filathlitikos. Almost immediately after turning 18, he was recruited to play for the Spanish club CAI Zaragoza and signed a four year contract with them.
In his 2012-2013 season, Giannis averaged 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game with a 46.4% shooting percentage (62.1% for 2-pointers). The most impressive part is that he only played around 22 minutes a game and still maintained those numbers!
Soon in April of 2013, The Greek Freak made himself eligible to play in the NBA and declared for the draft. He was selected #15 and went to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Since then Giannis has shocked the world with his insane skills and athleticism… this last season alone he averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game! This is why he was crowned MVP.
Part of the irony in his story is that when he was younger Giannis and his brothers shared basketball shoes. Now he has his own signature shoe brand with Nike that debuted today.
Who knows where people may end up in life. The Greek Freak is the perfect example of this and that no matter what someone is going through — if they put their dreams to action anything can happen…