On April 28, 2013, it was announced that Greek basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo was officially entering his name into the 2013 NBA draft as an early entrant. Giannis fulfilled his draft projections as a first round pick by being selected 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. On July 30, 2013, he signed a rookie scaled contract with the Bucks.
With his overall performance, he has managed to attract American media attention and garner praise from the NBA community. The Greek rookie has managed to make an early impact for his team with his dominant performances.
His recent achievement that brought him to the center of media attention was an unbelievable air dunk against the L.A. Lakers at the Staples Center. Antetokounmpo helped his team to win the game.
The “Greek Freak” is a nickname he earned due to his dominant physical appearance and his athletic skills. Those skills were shown this season with his dunk after Luke Ridnour’s miss. The Milwaukee Bucks rookie practically flew to the stands to complete the dunk. Even Lakers commentator Stu Lantz was stunned by the effort of Antetokounmpo by commenting, “That ball was well off the cylinder. What an effort. That young man can go get it!”
Many pundits said that this slam was reminiscent of Michael Jordan’s game-winning dunk in the “Space Jam” movie.
Bucks head coach Larry Drew has noticed the Greek Freak’s impact on the court.
“He plays the right way. He plays with energy and he can affect the game without scoring,” Drew said on Dec. 19, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Charles F. Gardner. “For me, that’s huge.”