The "Greek Freak" Makes the NBA All-Star Team

Giannis Antetokounmpo

He certainly doesn't look Greek, but he is. Born in the lower-income Sepolia neighborhood of Athens 22 years ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo's parents were Nigerian immigrants seeking a better life for their family in Greece. As a boy he helped his parents, who were "mikropoulites," selling everyday items on the street such as handbags, small electronics, knick-knacks and the like, scratching a living in their new land.

Giannis was exceptionally tall, and an exceptional athlete. He caught the eye of NBA scouts, and was drafted three years ago by the Milwaukee Bucks. An immediate success, Giannis became known as the "Greek Freak," for his freakishly-talented athletic abilities.

Still a very young man, and still early in his career, Giannis was voted for the first time as a started on the 2017 NBA All-Star team. He's the first Greek national to ever be so honored. He was helped along by the open, international, online voting process the NBA makes available every year to choose its best players. Greeks voted for him in their thousands, after TV campaigns urging his countrymen to boost his All-Star team prospects.

Beneficiary of a multi-million dollar a year contract, Giannis has made life very comfortable for his parents. The "Greek Freak" looks to entertain fans of professional basketball for many years to come. He's already made Greeks all over the world proud.