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Karine Grigoryan

01-07-2022 | 19:45 β€’ Basketball
Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Interesting facts about Giannis Antetokounmpo you might not know about


Giannis is hard to describe. He doesn’t fit easily into categories that we’re used to, now or in the past.” Pau Gasol 

  Giannis Antetokounmpo is considered to be one of the best basketballers. The 26-year-old has been playing for Milwaukee Bucks since 2013. Before that, he played for Filathlitikos from 2011 to 2013. Giannis has won many awards during his career including 2 MVPs, DPOY as well as MIP. Here are some interesting facts about Giannis you might not know about.

  • Giannis was born in Athens, Greece
  • The 26-year-old is the First Greek to Win NBA MVP
  • He and his brother Thanasis served in the Military in 2016
  • His nickname is the "Greek Freak"
  • Giannis is the only NBA player to win the most improved player and most valuable player awards
  • Giannis sold watches and DVDs as a child to help his parents earn a little extra cash.
  • The Greek Freak is the third player in NBA history to win both MVP and DPOY in the same season.

Up next: Giannis hand size

Giannis hand size

 The size of Bucks star hands have been a subject of talk for quite some time. Giannis's hands are 9.85/12 inches. He is 3rd in the list of NBA Players with the biggest hands, behind Boban Marjanovic and Shaquille O'Neal.


Giannis hand size

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To understand how big the Bucks star's hands are, ESPN's The Jump host Rachel Nichols, back in 2017, compared her hands with Giannis and the result returned out to be funny.



Up next: Giannis Inspires

Giannis Inspires


From selling watches and DVDs to winning MVP and DPOY awards. Here are some inspirational quotes from Giannis.

  “I want to become one of the best players, so if you want to be one the best, you have to elevate all aspects of your game.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo against Houston Rockets

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“I’m going to do whatever it takes for me and my team to be successful.” 

Giannis Antetokounmpo in action for Milwaukee Bucks

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 "You can just never forget where you came from."

Giannis Antetokounmpo young

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*Pau Gasol quote is from the Players Tribune

* If you like basketball and want to be inspired by the greatest players here is an article of Interesting facts about another NBA star - Stephen Curry.

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