Kostas Antetokounmpo

Greek basketball player

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Kostas Antetokounmpo
LDLC ASVEL
PositionPower forward
LeagueBetclic Élite
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1997-11-20) November 20, 1997 (age 23)
Athens, Greece
NationalityGreek
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolDominican
(Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin)
CollegeDayton (2017–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–2019Dallas Mavericks
2018–2019Texas Legends
2019–2021Los Angeles Lakers
2019–2021South Bay Lakers
2021–presentASVEL Basket
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com
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Konstantinos Ndubuisi "Kostas" Antetokounmpo (/ˌɑːntɛtəˈkmp/ AHN-tet-ə-KOOM-poh; Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Εντουμπουίσι "Κώστας" Αντετοκούνμπο, IPA: [ˈkostas a(n)detoˈkumbo]; born November 20, 1997)[1] is a Greek professional basketball player for LDLC ASVEL of the French Betclic Élite and the Euroleague. He played college basketball for the Dayton Flyers. He was drafted 60th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018 NBA draft, and his draft rights were then traded to the Dallas Mavericks. His brothers Giannis, Thanasis, and Alex are also professional basketball players.

Early life and family

Antetokounmpo was born in Sepolia in Athens, Greece. His parents were immigrants from Nigeria. His late father, Charles, was a former Nigerian soccer player, while his mother, Veronica, was a high jumper.[2] Charles died in September 2017, at age 54.[3] His parents are from different Nigerian ethnic groups—Charles was Yoruba, and Veronica is Igbo.[4]

He has a Nigerian passport, granted to him in June 2013 so that he could gain a visa, and be allowed to legally enter the United States.[5] He officially became a full Greek citizen in 2016.[6]

He is a younger brother of basketball players Giannis and Thanasis, and the older brother of Alex.[7] His oldest brother, Francis, is also a professional association football player.

He began playing basketball with the junior teams of Filathlitikos, in Athens.

High school career

After his older brother Giannis was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2013 NBA draft, Antetokounmpo, along with his parents and his younger brother, Alexis, moved to Milwaukee. He attended Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin,[8] where he played high school basketball during his junior and senior years. As a senior, he led his team to a state championship.[9]

College career

After high school, Antetokounmpo moved on to play college basketball at the University of Dayton. In the 2016–17 season, his first with the Flyers, he was red-shirted,[10] after being ruled a "partial qualifier",[11] due to having spent his first two years of high school in Greece.[12] He debuted in the 2017–18 season,[13] averaging 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game, in 15.1 minutes per game.[14]

Professional career

Dallas Mavericks / Texas Legends (2018–2019)

On March 22, 2018, Antetokounmpo declared for the 2018 NBA draft.[15] On May 4, 2018, Antetokounmpo was one of a record-high 69 players to enter the NBA Draft Combine.[16] Antetokounmpo was projected to be a second round selection, similar to his older brother Thanasis, due to his lack of notable progress in his redshirt freshman college season. He was the last pick of the 2018 NBA draft, selected by the Philadelphia 76ers, and then immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks.[17][18] Antetokounmpo signed a two-way contract on July 13. Throughout the contract, he would split his playing time between the Mavericks and their NBA G League affiliate, the Texas Legends.[19] He made his NBA debut on March 20, 2019 in a 118–126 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[20]

On July 19, 2019, Antetokounmpo was waived by the Mavericks.[21]

Los Angeles Lakers / South Bay Lakers (2019–2021)

Antetokounmpo was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Lakers on July 22, 2019.[22][23] He played 5 games throughout the season on a two-way contract and scored a career high 7 points in the team's 136–122 loss to the Sacramento Kings on August 13, 2020.[24] Although he was not selected to play during the finals, Antetokounmpo won his first championship after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games. He became the first Greek-born player to win an NBA championship; one season later, his brothers Giannis and Thanasis won their own championships as teammates on the Milwaukee Bucks.

On November 26, 2020, Antetokounmpo re-signed with the Lakers to a two-way contract.[25]

ASVEL (2021–present)

On July 16, 2021, Antetokounmpo signed with LDLC ASVEL of the French Betclic Élite and the Euroleague.[26]

National team career

Antetokounmpo played with the junior Greek Under-20 national team. He played at the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B, where he won a bronze medal.[27] During the tournament, he averaged 1.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game.[28]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship

NBA

Regular season
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Dallas 2 0 5.3 .000 .500 .5 .0 1.0 .0 1.0
2019–20dagger L.A. Lakers 5 0 4.0 1.000 .500 .6 .4 .0 .0 1.4
2020–21 L.A. Lakers 15 0 3.7 .300 .462 1.3 .1 .1 .3 .8
Career 22 0 4.0 .375 .474 1.0 .1 .2 .2 1.0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Dayton 29 6 21.1 .574 .133 .516 2.9 .4 .2 1.1 5.2

References

  1. ^ Ndubuisi Antetokounmpo DOB: 20 Nov.1997 Place of birth: Athens (GRE).
  2. ^ "NBA Rookie Wants To Bring Hope To Greece, And To Milwaukee". NPR. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Trail Blazers vs. Bucks – Game Recap – October 21, 2017". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Spears, Marc J. (March 5, 2019). "'The Greek Freak' wants to go back to his Nigerian roots". The Undefeated. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  5. ^ gazzetta.gr Η χαλασμένη καφετιέρα (in Greek).
  6. ^ matrix24.gr Βγάζει ελληνικό διαβατήριο ο Κώστας Αντετοκούνμπο (in Greek).
  7. ^ Archdeacon, Tom (September 23, 2017). "Flyers' Kostas Antetokounmpo tries to live up to his name". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Stewart, Mark (February 15, 2016). "Kostas Antetokounmpo making a name for himself at Dominican". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kostas Antetokounmpo – 2016–17". Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  10. ^ "Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo ruled ineligible for 2016–17". Mid-Major Madness. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kostas Antetokounmpo ruled ineligible for Dayton". CollegeBasketballTalk. October 3, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  12. ^ Kostas Antetokounmpo may have to sit the 2016–17 season out.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Kostas Antetokounmpo College Stats | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "Kostas Antetokounmpo". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  15. ^ Givony, Jonathan (March 22, 2018). "Kostas Antetokounmpo to test NBA draft waters". ESPN. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Some of college basketball's biggest names highlight NBA draft combine list". Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  17. ^ Jablonski, David (June 21, 2018). "Dayton draft drought ends as Antetokounmpo chosen with last pick". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "Mavericks acquire draft rights to Ray Spalding and Kostas Antetokounmpo". mavs.com. June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  19. ^ "Mavericks sign Kostas Antetokounmpo to two-way contract; waive Jalen Jones". National Basketball Association. July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  20. ^ "Lillard scores 33 points, Blazers beat Mavericks 126–118". National Basketball Association. March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "Mavericks waive Kostas Antetokounmpo". mavsmoneyball.com. July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  22. ^ "Report: Lakers claim Kostas Antetokounmpo off free agency waivers". NBA. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  23. ^ "Lakers Awarded Kostas Antetokounmpo on Waiver Claim". Los Angeles Lakers. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  24. ^ "Kostas Antetokounmpo Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  25. ^ "Lakers Re-sign Kostas Antetokounmpo". Los Angeles Lakers. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  26. ^ Maggi, Alessandro (July 16, 2021). "Kostas Antetokounmpo signs with Asvel". Sportando.basketball. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  27. ^ "archive.fiba.com: Players". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  28. ^ "Ndubuisi Antetokounmpo profile, FIBA U20 European Championship 2016 | FIBA.COM". FIBA.COM. Retrieved May 31, 2018.

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