Who are Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Siblings?
RankingFacts offers a comprehensive guide to all four Giannis Antetokounmpo brothers, their lives, and the people they represent in the United States.
The Antetokounmpo brothers’ success stories could be described as “grass to grace”, “rags to riches”.
We all know they are Greece’s most popular sports export and are well-known in the US. The Antetokounmpos, like most grass to grace stories, had humble beginnings. They were not among the well-off and wealthy. In fact, they were the exact opposite.
Charles Antetokounmpo, their father, and Veronica Antetokounmpo, their mother were Nigerians who came to Greece in 1991 in search of a better lifestyle. The famous four were born in Athens, while the not too famous, was born in Nigeria.
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The Antetokounmpo brothers grew up in difficult circumstances, like many immigrant children. They lived a hard life.
Their immigrant status was so touching that their parents couldn’t find a job. This forced the brothers to trade on the streets for survival.
Passers-by fell for their tricks-tongue adverts and bought fake bags and watches on the streets. But, they were able to overcome their hardships and enjoy basketball glory.
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In this article, we will cover trivial and non-frivolous facts about all five Antetokounmpo brothers, beginning with the oldest of all, Francis and ending with the youngest, Alex.
Full Name: Francis Olowu Ofili Antetokounmpo
Born: October 20, 1988
Height: 6.25 ft (5 in)
Francis is the Antetokounmpo’s first dynasty member. However, he is the least well-known of the brothers. Most people believe he is fictional or doesn’t really exist.
Google, and other search engines in the world, have a false picture of him at the time this article was written.
Certainly, you might not see all the details or a picture that is identical to him. Many blogs and websites that post on related topics to the Antetokounmpo Brothers would focus on the four famous Antetokounmpos instead. It’s so devastating!
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His full name is Francis Olowu Ofili Antetokounmpo and was born in Nigeria in 1988. He is the Antetokounmpo’s only brother that was not born in Greece. His parents, the Antetokounmpo family moved to Greece in 1991 looking for a better lifestyle.
At that time, the rest of the famous four had not yet arrived. Obviously, planning, processing, and providing for one person’s immigration can be costly, especially if they are coming from a developing country such as Nigeria.
It must have been a huge financial burden for the parents to allow immigration to Greece legally or illegally.
Therefore, when his parents moved to Greece in 1991, little Francis was left with his grandparents. Francis was three years old at that time.
This could have been a wise decision, considering the harsh conditions, hardship ridicules and racism that immigrants face daily. It was crucial to saving little Francis from the horrors of the harsh life of immigrants.
A grown-up Francis was reunited in Greece with his siblings and parents years later. It was a precious moment to see his siblings for the very first time.
Basketball was Francis’s first sport. As a small forward, he played for the Filathlitikos club in Filathlitikos.
This was the same club where his brothers also played. In fact, he was a member of the club’s senior men’s team, but only at the semi-pro level in Greece’s 3rd Tier league.
Thanasis and Giannis were his brothers who played at the 2nd tier level of the Greek pro league.
Later, he moved to soccer (football) and played professionally as a midfielder in a Greek professional club’s 2nd-tier league. Francis stands at 6 feet and 5 inches.
Full Name: Athanasios Rotimi Antetokounmpo
Born: July 18, 1992
Height: 6.98 m (6 ft 6in)
Team: Milwaukee Bucks (2019-present)
Athanasios often called Thanasis is the second of the five brothers. Thanasis was born in Athens on July 18, 1992, one year after his parents immigrated from Greece. He enrolled in youth basketball and started playing for the Filathlitikos juniors team in 2008.
After then, he was promoted to the senior men’s franchise team in the fourth division of the Greek basketball league in 2010.
His career was on the rise when he was selected by the Delaware 87ers in the 2013 NBA Development League Draft.
Instead of waiting to be draft-eligible, he opted to withdraw from the 2013 NBA Draft and play in the NBA D-League. He put in a strong performance in the NBA Development League Season. This ranked him among the top 50 prospects for the next NBA draft class.
Antetokounmpo was the 51st overall pick by the New York Knicks in the 2014 NBA Draft. This was the beginning of his “Greek Streak’ basketball career. He currently plays pro basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA.
Full Name: Giannis Ugo Antetokounmpo
Born: December 6, 1994
Height: 6.11 m (6 ft 11in)
Team: Milwaukee Bucks (2013-present)
Born in Athens on the 6th day of December 1994. The basketball genius grew up in Sepolia, just like his elder brother Thanasis. He and Thanasis, his older brother, started selling watches, handbags and sunglasses on the streets after the hardships of life.
Giannis found comfort in basketball, and by 2009 he was playing for Filathlitikos youth club. The greek freak was a senior man’s player in Filathlitikos senior men’s team. He also played semi-pro. In fact, he helps the club reach the third division in the 2012-13 season.
Later on, the greek freak was forced to leave the club to join Spanish club CAI Zaragoza the year after. Giannis returned to his youth club immediately after his contract with CAI Zaragoza began in the 2013-2014 season.
His outstanding performance earned him a spot as one of the most notable participants in the Greek League All-Star Game, even though he did not make the all-star list. Giannis was officially eligible to draft for the 2013 NBA Draft in mid-2013.
Having made his NBA debut at 18 years old on October 13, 2013. Giannis won the league’s MVP award in the last season of the NBA before it was taken off-line by the COVID-19 pandemic. Giannis Antetokounmpo achievements include 1x NBA MVP and 4x NBA All-Star.
Full Name: Kostas Ndubuisi Antetokounmpo
Born: November 20, 1997
Height: 6.10 m (2.08 m)
Team: Los Angeles Lakers (2019-present)
Born on November 20, 1997, Kostas had an uncommon stint with the Filathlitikos youth soccer team as well. His older brother Giannis was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks. This opened up opportunities for Kostas as his family moved to Milwaukee.
He attended Dominican High School and continued his basketball career by playing high school basketball. His high school team won a state championship. Kostas continued his rise in basketball playing college basketball at the University of Dayton after high school.
In his last college basketball season, Kostas averaged 5.2 points, 0.4% assists, 0.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per match. On March 20, 2019, he made his debut in the NBA against Portland Trail Blazers. He currently plays for the NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers.
Born: August 26, 2001
Height: 6 ft 7in (2 m).
The youngest of all the brothers, Alex, is still at the seedling stage in his career. Alex moved to Milwaukee in 2013. He was a first-team selection for all states and has averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per contest during his senior college season.
According to reports, Alex, signed a three-year contract last month with UCAM Murcia, a Spanish side. The contract offers significant financial benefits as well as an NBA out clause, which allows him to travel to the United States every summer.
The Giannis Antetokounmpo brothers have much more to offer. Just now, the foundation for the Antetokounmpo Dynasty is being laid. From the gritty streets of Greece to the most important courts in the NBA, it was a long journey.
The journey has been long and difficult. We won’t be surprised to see them making the list of the top richest NBA players soon. What is your favourite part of their journey to stardom? Let’s hear your view in the comment section below.