Even the most laid-back NBA fan knows all about Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Greek Freak. At just 26, he is a five-time All-Star and All-NBA forward. He has also been selected four times to the All-Defensive squad, the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2016-17, a Defensive Player of the Year (2019-20), a consecutive NBA MVP (2018-20 ) and the reigning MVP of the NBA Finals. What you might not know is that his brothers, Thanasis, Kostas and Alex Antetokounmpo are all professional basketball players as well.
Giannis was also not the first brother to win an NBA title. Kostas already had a championship when Giannis and Thanasis joined him when the Milwaukee Bucks won in 2021. Now their fourth basketball player brother, Alex, has joined the other three to claim an NBA crown. Although it is not the one that is equal to what the others have won.
Thanasis, Kostas and Giannis Antetokounmpo have all won NBA titles
Kostas, 23, is actually the first Antetokounmpo brother to win an NBA championship. The 6-foot-10 forward was a late second-round pick for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018. He never adjusted to the team, instead playing for the Dallas Mavericks as a rookie.
When Dallas gave up on Kostas, the Los Angeles Lakers claimed him, and he was on the LA NBA Bubble quad that won the 2019-20 Larry O’Brien Trophy. Despite having a ring, Kostas has only averaged 4.0 minutes per game during his career.
The Bucks won the title the following season, with Giannis leading his franchise to the series victory over the Phoenix Suns averaging 35.1 points per game.
It was a double win for the Antetokounmpo family, as his older brother Thanasis (29) was also in Milwaukee. He averages slightly better than Kostas 9.7 minutes per game and has appeared (for short spells) in 13 playoff games in 2021.
Alex Antetokounmpo is now (sort of) an NBA champion
Out of the four in the NBA Antetokounmpo brothers, 19-year-old Alex Antetokounmpo was the only one without an NBA title until very recently.
That all changed when the undrafted 2021 rookie won an NBA Championship trophy during the 2021 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. As a member of the Sacramento King Summer League team, Alex won a title when the team beat the Boston Celtics 100-67.
Alex has appeared in three of the team’s five Summer League games and hasn’t scored any goals during his time on the pitch. Regardless of his performance, he can now always say that, like his brothers, he is (sort of) an NBA champion.
Alex Antetokounmpo has a lot to do to become a legitimate NBA prospect
As the younger brother Antetokounmpo, Alex began his basketball career in the United States at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. As a preparation player, he was part of the First State Team as a junior and senior. He posted 20 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in his final season in high school, according to NBA.com.
A few American college basketball programs were interested in the brother of an NBA star, but Alex decided to play for a year in Spain, singing with UCAM Murcia CB. While he played well for the club’s second team, he appeared in just one game for the senior team.
Although his game is not yet developed enough for the NBA, he possesses many of the same physical attributes as Giannis and his other brothers. He is currently 6ft 8in with a 7ft 2in wingspan and over in athleticism.
His insufficiency on the court could mean an untimely end for many aspiring NBA players to his job, but the fact that he’s an Antetokounmpo means he’ll likely have a few bites at professional basketball apple. If he’s like his brothers, he might even end up on a (real) NBA championship list one day.
All statistics are courtesy of Basketball Reference
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