Maybe you’ve heard of him, maybe you haven’t, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is the next big thing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). His name is hard to spell and even harder to pronounce, but he has emerged on the scene as the next big star in the league. A 23 year old from Greece, his 6’11” stature has made him a point scoring, rebound pulling machine. Currently playing in his fifth NBA season for the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis is averaging nearly 30 points and 11 rebounds per game thus far in the 2017-2018 season. This past offseason the Bucks signed the rising star to a four year contract worth $100 million. This new contract has given rise to Giannis Antetokounmpo net worth which currently sits at $6 million.
Giannis was the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Although it took a few years to cultivate his talent, the Bucks knew what they were doing. In 2017, Giannis was named an All-Star along with being awarded the NBA Most Improved Player award. This season, Giannis is on pace to post career highs in points per game, rebounds per game, field goal percentage, along with free throw percentage.
Antetokounmpo was born and grew up in Greece to parents who immigrated from Nigeria. After initially starting his professional basketball career in Greece, Giannis declared for the NBA draft in 2013. Upon being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, he signed a two year deal worth $3.67 million. As he continued to develop as a player, the Bucks continued to exercise their club option until the time came where they offered him the rookie extension. His rookie extension would be worth $100 million over four years. Giannis Antetokounmpo net worth isn’t an astonishing amount at this point in his career due to the fact that he is only in year one of his newly signed contract. He is set to earn just over $22 million this season, an amount that will increase to over $27 million during year four of the contract.
We expect Giannis Antetokounmpo net worth to significantly increase over the coming years. In fact, Giannis’ net worth could be as much as $30 to $40 million by the time he finishes up his current contract. Nicknamed the “Greek Freak”, many NBA analysts expect his play to only further develop as he continues to improve upon his game. In 2021, when his contract is up, he could easily be on schedule for a massive payday, something similar to Steph Curry’s $200 million dollar contract.
Giannis has become one of the fastest growing stars in the NBA, being compared to the likes of LeBron James. NBA fans are very excited to see what the future holds for this potential future Hall of Famer.
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