Giannis Antetokounmpo, a star player for the Milwaukee Bucks, has come a long way, and it looks like the 2019 NBA MVP isn’t done yet. The Athens native used to sell CDs and watches on the streets of Sepolia. Now, he is one of the biggest international stars to play in the world’s best league. Antetokounmpo’s growth has been, to say the least, amazing.
Let’s look at how The Greek Freak has changed over time.
After two great years with Filathlitikos in the Greek B Basketball League, Giannis Antetokounmpo, still a young player, went into the 2013 NBA Draft. On paper, the 18-year-old stood 6 feet 9 inches tall and weighed only 215 pounds.
Even though many teams were interested in the international prospect, Antetokounpo didn’t get picked in the lottery. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks took him with the 15th pick. As a rookie, he played for the Bucks in a total of 77 games, averaging 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 24.6 minutes per game. By the end of the year, he was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Not bad for a skinny rookie who is still learning the ropes, but not very exciting either.
The forward would really show the world what he was capable of in his second year. Giannis kept getting taller and gaining weight, which helped him get better on the court in the long run.
Midway through February 2014, Antetokounmpo was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He then took part in his second Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend. The sophomore also took part in that year’s Slam Dunk Contest. He didn’t make it to the final round, but he was slowly showing that he could jump. His amazing physical abilities were slowly coming to the fore.
The 2016-2017 NBA season showed that Giannis Antetokounmpo was getting closer to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the league. Antetokounmpo kept getting bigger and his game was starting to improve even more.
In February 2017, Giannis scored 41 points against the late Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. This was a new career-high for him. The 22-year-old also played in his first All-Star Game that year, making him the youngest Bucks player ever to be chosen for the game. Giannis also became the first player in NBA history to finish the season in the top 20 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He did so well that he was named the Most Improved Player.
But he didn’t stop there, of course.
Giannis Antetokounmpo almost couldn’t be stopped the next season. He averaged 26.9 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game. He came in sixth place in the MVP voting, which set the stage for his best season yet in 2018–19.
Antetokounmpo said that by the start of the 2018–19 season, he had gained a whopping 51 pounds of muscle since joining the NBA in 2013. The Greek Freak was now almost 7 feet tall and weighed about 260 pounds. He was living up to his nickname.
Giannis dominated the league in his sixth year by averaging a career-high 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 57.8 percent shooting from the field. This earned him a lot of praise. He was named one of the captains for the 2019 All-Star Game and was on both the All-NBA First Team and the All-Defensive First Team. He was also named MVP and helped the Bucks have the best record in the NBA and make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t slow down as the 2019-20 season started. The 25-year-old started off another great year with a triple-double in the first game of the season, which was against the Houston Rockets. In December 2019, The Greek Freak made a career-high five 3-pointers to help the Bucks beat the Lakers 122-118 and get the best record in the league (25-4).
His dominance continued into the new decade. After a huge 36-20 game against the Philadelphia 76ers, he became the first Buck since 1996 to have a 30-20 game. Giannis also made headlines when he and LeBron James were named captains of the same team for the 2020 All-Star Game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo stays humble and hungry despite all he has done. It looks like his growth and change aren’t over yet, and it will be interesting to see how everything turns out. Even though the Bucks star has won a lot of individual awards, he still needs to get the Larry O’Brien Trophy and win the NBA title.
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Why Did Giannis Grow So Big?
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s transformation is shown in this picture
In addition to lifting weights, he began boxing as part of his workout routine. In 2016, when he was 222 pounds and had his breakout season, he had the best numbers of his career. This included his first 30-point game and triple-double, which made him the youngest player in franchise history to do so at age 21.
Gianni’s Had Surgery?
You don’t need to worry about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hurt left knee. Jon Horst, the general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, said Friday that the NBA Finals MVP, who hyperextended his knee in the Eastern Conference finals, won’t need surgery.
Did Giannis Get Knee Surgery?
The general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jon Horst, told reporters that the two-time MVP won’t need surgery on the left knee he hurt in the playoffs. Horst said, “He’s fine.” “I don’t know what happened, but he’s fine.”