The Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the Greek Freak, on a contract extension worth $100 million. Antetokounmpo made it official Tuesday during a press conference.
Antetokounmpo was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He averages 12.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 238 games (173 starts). Antetokounmpo’s performance improved over the years he’s playing in the league. He has improved his averages in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, field goal percentage and minutes.
“First of all, I’m not going to lie. I’m nervous but I think I’m going to do a good job of this,” Antetokounmpo said during a conference.
According to NBA.com, the 21-year old, 6ft 11in Antetokounmpo appeared in 80 games (79 starts) last season where he averaged career highs in points (16.9), rebounds (7.7), assists (4.3), blocks (1.4) and minutes (35.3). Antetokounmpo became the first player in Bucks franchise history to record five triple-doubles in a season and now ranks third on the Bucks’ all-time list for career triple-doubles.
“Man, it’s been a long journey. You came to Greece, you believed in me, you seen me playing basketball with my family when I was 18 years old and a raw talent. You know, a lot of people wouldn’t have given me the opportunity, so I want to thank you for giving me that opportunity. I’m really blessed to be sitting at this table with you,” Antetokounmpo said thanking John Hammond, Bucks general manager.
“You always believe it could happen, but you’re not sure. I know that I put in a lot of days of work and came back to the gym and practiced hard so that this day could be possible some day. By doing that, I made it. We made it possible as a team,” he added.
The Guardian said that the $100 million contract also makes the Greek Freak the third European import to sign a nine-figure deal behind Spain’s Marc Gasol and France’s Nicolas Batum.
The Bucks are set to open training camp next week in Madison, Wisconsin.
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