Giannis Sina Ougko Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association . Antetokounmpo's combination of size, speed and ball-handling skills led to his nickname the "Greek Freak". Born in Greece to Nigerian parents, Antetokounmpo began playing basketball for the youth teams of Filathlitikos in Athens. In 2011 he began playing for the club's senior team. In 2013 he declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft and was selected 15th overall by the Bucks. In 2016 17 he led the Bucks in all five major statistical categories and became the first player in NBA history to finish a regular season in the top 20 in all five statistics of total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He received the Most Improved Player award in 2017. He has received three All-Star selections, and led the Eastern Conference in voting in 2019. In June 2019, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player. Early life and career Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece, on December 6, 1994, the son of immigrants from Nigeria.