Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Milwaukee Bucks
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 6/15/2020
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Winner of the 2018-19 Most Valuable Player award, Antetokounmpo has firmly established himself among the truly elite talent in the NBA. In Mike Budenholzer's first year as head coach, the Bucks' offense and defense underwent massive transformation, and Antetokounmpo was able to thrive like never before. As one of the most well-rounded players in the league, Antetokounmpo became just the fifth player in the three-point era to average at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a single season -- the others being Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Russell Westbrook (twice) and DeMarcus Cousins. And of those players' seasons, Antetokounmpo had the highest true shooting percentage (64.4%). Plus, he's averaging a combined 3.1 blocks/steals over the past three seasons and has been named to an All-Defensive team twice. While he may never be a great shooter, Antetokounmpo's one-of-a-kind athleticism makes him arguably the league's most dominant inside scorer, with 643 of his 721 made field-goals coming at the rim. Heading into 2019-20, it's hard to imagine The Greek Freak getting much better, but he's just 24 years old. It's without question that he's one of the few players worthy of being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension with the Bucks in September of 2016.
Personal Bio

Giannis Sina Ougku Antetokounmpo was born in Athens in 1994. The third oldest of five to Nigerian immigrants Charles and Veronica Antetokounmpo, Giannis comes from the quintessential basketball family. His brothers Thanasis and Kostas play for the NBA's Bucks and Lakers, respectively. Giannis's youngest brother Alexander currently plies his trade at Domenican High School in Milwaukee. Before being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012, he appeared in 26 games for Filathlitikos AO of the Greek second division and averaged 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 62.1 percent from two-point field goal range en route to a Greek League All-Star Game nod. Giannis has represented Greece at the highest level of international competition, participating in the FIBA World Cup in 2014 and 2019. In the latter tournament, Antetokounmpo averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in five games, leading his country to the tournament's second round. Giannis has been active in the charitable matters, donating food at the Milwaukee Community Center and hosting charity tournaments with his brothers in Greece. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Giannis_An34.

College/International Summary

Prior to joining the NBA and making his way to stardom, Antetokounmpo spent two seasons as a teenager playing in Greece. In 2011-12, he participated with the senior men's Greek B Basket League (third division) for the Filathlitikos team. Despite signing a four-year deal with CAI Zaragoza of the Spanish League in 2012, the forward stayed with Filathlitikos for the entire season. The 18-year-old played in 26 games and provided 9.5 points on 46.4 percent from the field with 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks. He also played in the 2013 Greek League All-Star Game as a special selection by the coaches. The forward would compete in the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship and averaged 8.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 10 games for Team Greece. Antetokounmpo then made himself available for that year's Draft.

Questionable Thursday vs. Celtics
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Knee
March 11, 2020
Antetokounmpo (knee) is questionable for Thursday's contest against the Celtics.
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Antetokounmpo was able to practice Wednesday, which was a highly encouraging sign following the diagnosis of a sprained left knee. That said, if the MVP favorite is out for a second straight contest, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton would take on the bulk of the playmaking responsibilities, while Ersan Ilyasova and Marvin Williams could be in line for extra minutes.
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Antetokounmpo took the court for Milwaukee for his sixth NBA season in 2018-19. The forward averaged new career highs in points (27.7), rebounds (12.5), assists (5.9) and threes (0.7) while combining for 2.8 blocks-plus-steals per game. Antetokounmpo achieved these numbers while playing a four-year low in minutes (32.8). He shot the best field-goal percentage (57.8) of his career by a wide margin. He was selected to his third consecutive All-Star team and earned his first All-NBA First Team selection, as well as his first NBA All-Defensive First Team selection. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a league-best 60-22 record and a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee lost in the Conference Finals to the eventual champions, the Toronto Raptors, in six games. Antetokounmpo finished the season with 54 double-doubles and five triple-doubles, recording at least 40 points six times, recording at least 15 rebounds 22 times and blocking at least three shots 15 times. His best game of the season came on Mar. 17 in a loss to the 76ers. In that contest, Antetokounmpo recorded 52 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block in just over 36 minutes. Following the season, he was selected as the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

2017

Antetokounmpo appeared in 75 games for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2017-2018 campaign. He set new career-highs with 26.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest. Unsurprisingly, he registered 42 double-doubles. He recorded a triple-double on Feb. 15 against Denver with 36 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. He finished fifth in total points (2,014) and 10th in total rebounds (753) in the NBA. He also swatted 1.4 shots per contest, which placed him ninth in the league. Antetokounmpo shot a blistering 57.0 percent from the field during Milwaukee's first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. In a seven-game thriller that ultimately ended in defeat, Antetokounmpo played 40.0 minutes per game, averaging 25.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists. Antetokounmpo was named to his second All-Star team, and he was named Second-Team All-NBA. He also finished sixth in the MVP voting.

2016

Antetokounmpo took massive steps forward during the 2016-17 campaign -- his fourth season in the league. He was voted to his first All-Star team and was later named the league's Most Improved Player. He posted career highs nearly across the board, averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals in 35.6 minutes. Those numbers made him the first player in NBA history to finish top-20 in every major statistical category. Antetokounmpo's best performance of the season was Dec. 23 during a 123-96 victory over the Wizards at home. In 33 minutes, he posted 39 points (12-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 15-17 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. That performance marked one of his 19 games with 30-plus points, and he also achieved three triple-doubles on the year. Under head coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks finished 42-40 and made the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Raptors in six games. Antetokounmpo's postseason averages were 24.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.7 blocks. His best postseason performance was during a Game 5 loss on the road, where he recorded 30 points (12-18 FG, 6-9 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in 41 minutes.

2015

Antetokounmpo's workload increased for a third straight season, and he set career highs nearly across the board. He appeared in 80 games (79 starts), averaging 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals in 35.3 minutes. Antetokounmpo ranked 16th in the NBA in total two-point field goals (485), 14th in defensive rebounds (499) and 16th in blocks (113). Arguably his best game of the season occurred Mar. 13 during a nine-point win over the Nets. In 41 minutes, Antetokounmpo recorded 28 points (12-16 FG, 4-11 FT), 14 assists, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. That marked one of his 24 outings with at least 20 points, as well as one of his five triple-doubles. Antetokounmpo also posted six double-doubles that included at least five assists, two steals and two blocks. In 16 games where he played 40-plus minutes, he averaged 21.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and tallied 34 blocks and 29 steals. One of Antetokounmpo's best stretches of the season was five games from Apr. 1 through Apr. 10, and he averaged 23.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.6 steals across 37.7 minutes. During that streak, he also shot 51.3 percent from the field, hit 1.6 threes per game at 53.3 percent and shot 78.1 percent from the free-throw line. Under head coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks finished 33-49 and did not make the postseason.

2014

Antetokounmpo saw a career-high 31.4 minutes per game during his second season in the league, setting career marks nearly across the board as a result. In his 81 appearances (71 starts), he averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 block. He found his way onto the NBA's leaderboards as well, ranking 20th in defensive rebounds (442) and 16th in defensive win shares (4.0). Antetokounmpo's best game of the season occurred Mar. 9 during a 114-103 loss to the Pelicans at home. He played 37 minutes and recorded 29 points (11-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks. That marked one of his seven efforts with at least 20 points. Antetokounmpo also recorded 11 games with 10-plus rebounds, and 10 of those performances resulted in double-doubles. In addition, he had 14 games with at least five assists, nine games with at least three steals, and eight games with at least three blocks. Under head coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks went 41-41 and reached the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Bulls in six games. Antetokounmpo saw the second-most minutes on the team (33.5), averaging 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 blocks. His best postseason performance was during a Game 3 double-overtime loss at home, where he recorded 25 points (10-22 FG, 5-8 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 51 minutes.

2013

After playing professionally in Greece, Antetokounmpo was selected by the Bucks with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old rookie proceeded to appear in 77 games, including 23 starts. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes, making it into the All-Rookie Second Team. Antetokounmpo's best performance of the season was during an 11-point loss at home to Denver on Feb. 20. He played 32 minutes off the bench, posting 11 points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals. The performance marked one of Antetokounmpo's 23 games with double-digit points. He also recorded at double-digit rebounds three times, two of those instances resulting in a double-double. In addition, Antetokoumpo racked up five games with at least five assists, five games with at least three steals and four games with at least three blocks. In his 23 games as a starter, he averaged 8.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a combined 1.7 steals-plus-blocks in 29.2 minutes. Under head coach Larry Drew, the Bucks finished 15-67 and did not make the postseason.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round (15th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • July 30, 2013
    Signed a rookie-scale contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • September 20, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks
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Antetokounmpo, who finished sixth in MVP voting last season, is also coming off his second consecutive All-NBA nod. The 23-year-old went top-five in most Fantasy drafts last season, rewarding owners with 26.9 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Another year of development, and a new coach, should only help Antetokounmpo’s Fantasy stock. Plus, he’s missed only 17 games in his NBA career -- a selling point for drafting him over other stars like Anthony Davis, who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. In addition to his impressive 52.9 percent shooting from the field, Antetokounmpo flashed an improved three-point shot toward the back-half of 2017-18. From January 1 on, Antetokounmpo took two threes per game, completing them at a 33.3 percent clip. If the Greek Freak can starting hitting at least one three per game on a consistent basis, that would round him out completely as a player, and as a Fantasy asset. He should not slip past the top-three in nearly any Fantasy drafts this season.
Antetokounmpo – winner of the Most Improved Player award – emerged as an elite Fantasy player during the 2016-17 campaign. He is the definition of a stat sheet stuffer, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish top 20 in every major statistical category, posting averages of 22.9 points (52.1 percent shooting), 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals across 35.6 minutes per game. Much of the Bucks’ offense runs directly through The Greek Freak, who plays a pseudo-point guard role for the team. For reference, his 28.3 percent usage rate is similar to LeBron James’ 30.0 percent usage rate. And, while Antetokounmpo’s usage rate has increased every season, his turnover rate has decreased, demonstrating his increased comfort level as a ballhandler and distributor. He’s also one of the most position-eligible players in the NBA, with some leagues allowing him to slot point guard through power forward, which can allow for ideal lineup combinations. One of the only knocks on Antetokounmpo last season was his poor three-point shooting, as he made just 49 of his 180 attempts (27.2 percent). Regardless, even if Antetokounmpo makes no strides in his game, he’ll still be one of the best Fantasy options available in seemingly every format, and possibly worthy of a No.1 overall draft selection.
Entering his fourth season in the league, Antetokounmpo has seen his numbers increase each year in the eight traditional fantasy categories with the exception of three-pointers and free-throw percentage. That improvement likely would have happened regardless of how coach Jason Kidd used him, but it was Kidd’s decision to unleash the ‘Greek Freak’ as a point forward following the All-Star break that helped his production to really take off. The 21-year-old relied on his 6-foot-11, 222-pound frame and lengthy arms to pose matchup problems for opposing point guards, increasing his averages across the board to 18.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 steals in 36.5 minutes per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field during 28 second-half contests. The most remarkable jump came in the assist category, which makes sense given his new role as a facilitator. Before the past season concluded, Kidd indicated that Antetokounmpo will enter the 2016-17 campaign in this same point-forward role, rendering him a triple-double threat on any given night. He has yet to show progress with his outside shooting, however, and a three-point shot is all that is keeping him from becoming one of the most complete players in the game. Moreover, the Bucks as a team were one of the worst performers from distance in the league last season, which could clog the paint and hinder one of Antetokounmpo’s greatest strengths in driving to the rim. The team addressed those outside shooting woes by adding Matthew Dellavedova and Mirza Teletovic this offseason, but if both fail to provide the impact desired, it’s possible we could see Antetokounmpo move back to his more natural role at small forward later in the season. No matter how it ultimately shakes out, it seems to be an inevitability that Antetokounmpo will take another step forward with his overall numbers, as this Bucks team is clearly constructed around him and his unique skill set.
At just 20 years old, Antetokounmpo finished his sophomore season with respectable development across the board, closing out the year with averages of 12.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 6.7 rebounds per game. Now that the Greek national has healthy running mates and a highly touted, youthful core surrounding him, 2015-16 will be an excellent gauge for how much he's progressed as an all-around player. Antetokounmpo made major strides in Year 2, but he still struggled with consistency, and he finished the year with a PER below the league average. He was still an effective two-way weapon, however, and with the expectation that his jumper will improve, he figures to be a more complete offensive player. In addition, team brass has indicated that he may see some time playing at center if a favorable matchup presents itself. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen - remember, last season was billed as the season of Point Giannis - but the idea has been floated around nonetheless. Antetokounmpo missed only one game last season and averaged 31 minutes, and since he's remained healthy over his first two seasons in the league, those numbers figure to remain relatively stable this season, making the rangy forward one of the higher upside picks heading into 2015-16.
The 15th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo emerged as one of the lone bright spots for Milwaukee last season. His numbers – 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists – weren't eye-popping, but it was his athleticism and promise on both ends of the floor that demanded attention. He earned a spot in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend and was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Heading into Year 2, Antetokounmpo will face something he never did as a rookie: expectations. While the Bucks are nowhere near contending, even in the East, the arrival of Jabari Parker instantly provides Milwaukee with a high-ceiling prospect to build around. The Bucks are expecting Antetokounmpo to develop into Parker's long-term running mate, which will require a major leap in production. The rangy Antetokounmpo could play up to four positions this season, with coach Jason Kidd vowing to use him as a point guard – not a point forward – in certain situations. If Parker slides into the starting power forward role, as expected, Antetokounmpo will likely begin the season entrenched as the starter at small forward. Depending upon how Kidd handles his rotations, Antetokounmpo could easily vacillate between both guard and forward positions on a nightly basis.
The 15th pick in the 2013 draft, Antetokounmpo and his role with the Bucks this season remain a mystery. Typically a player as raw as Antetokounmpo would be stashed overseas for at least one season, but the Bucks are adamant that he will be on the roster this season. His commitment to the Greek U-20 national team prevented him from playing in Las Vegas this summer, but he’ll join the Bucks for training camp and get his first taste of NBA action in the preseason. Future expectations are high for Antetokounmpo, but in all likelihood 2013-14 will be a developmental season as he adjusts to a vastly superior level of competition.
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Practicing Wednesday
FMilwaukee Bucks
Knee
March 11, 2020
Antetokounmpo (knee) went through a full-contact practice Wednesday, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports.
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Out next two games
FMilwaukee Bucks
Knee
March 8, 2020
The Bucks announced that Antetokounmpo will miss the final two games of their road trip -- Sunday in Phoenix and Monday in Denver -- due to a minor joint capsule sprain in his left knee.
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Unlikely to play Sunday vs. Suns
FMilwaukee Bucks
Knee
March 7, 2020
Antetokounmpo (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Suns, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Getting precautionary MRI
FMilwaukee Bucks
Knee
March 7, 2020
Antetokounmpo will undergo a precautionary MRI on his left knee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Shows out in loss
FMilwaukee Bucks
March 6, 2020
Antetokounmpo provided 32 points (10-21 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 11-14 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists and a steal during the Bucks' 113-103 loss to the Lakers on Friday.
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