Shina Adetokunbo is a Greek-Nigerian professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Greece to Nigerian parents.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greek rendition of Shina Adetokunbo) was born in Athens in 1994. He is the son of immigrants from the Lagos of Nigeria who came to Greece in 1991. He has four brothers. He started playing basketball in 2007 and by 2009 he was playing professionally for the youth team Filathlitikos, where Thanasis and Kostas (his brothers) also started playing later. At the same time his brother Francis back in Nigeria became a professional football player. He was selected to the NBA Draft No. 15 on April 4th, 2013 by the Milwaukee Bucks. He celebrated with his brother Thanassis holding the Greek flag and occupying the highest draft position for a Greek NBA player until then.
Starting his life in Milwaukee and receiving his initial financial earnings, he supported his family back to Athens by sending them money. In one of these transactions, he realized that he had sent all his money to his parents and he did not have any left to go to the race his team gave on the same day. So he started running the route to the field until to stop a passerby and take him in his car. After settling in the NBA, the family moved from Athens to Milwaukee. His brother, Thanasis, was also selected to the 2014 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks at No. 51 while Costas, who is their immediate younger brother, plays US college basketball at the University of Dayton and their younger brother Alexis, is a basketball athlete in the US school championships.
Since the summer of 2016, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother Thanassis have been active in organizing the Antetokounbros, which consists of demonstration races and friendly games in Greece to promote basketball and broader sports empathy and social awareness.
The NBA Greek star recently had his first child with his partner Mariah.
culled from ceoworld