Giannis Antetokounmpo

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, otherwise known as “The Greek Freak,” is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA today. The Milwaukee Bucks forward is not only the face of his franchise, but is also one of the most prominent ambassadors of a league where more international players than ever are being drafted and playing meaningful roles on the court. Antetokounmpo was born to Nigerian parents who, in 1991, emigrated to Greece in search of opportunity. Antetokounmpo has stated that, at times, he was forced to sell watches and sunglasses on the sidewalks of Athens just so the family had enough to eat. By the age of 21, however, the budding basketball star had inked a $100 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, and the adoration of fans in Wisconsin and the world over thanks in part to touching American experiences like this one. Antetokounmpo is a beacon to Greek-Americans, many of whom see him as a hero and a role model. After a game in Cleveland, hundreds stayed long after the game had ended to serenade the young star with the Greek national anthem.

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