Things To Know About Giannis Antetokounmpo And His Girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger

Fast, calculative, very energetic and smart, Giannis Antetokounmpo is a respected professional basketball player of Greek origin who is renowned for his dazzling speed on the court. He has been often described as a young man who is constantly being eaten up and driven by an unquenchable desire to grow and accomplish incredible feats. In fact, his fans now refer to him as ‘The Greek Freak’ in recognition of his superb ability to handle the ball as well as his incredible athleticism.

The star player plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA and is admired for his immense contribution to the club. His talents have helped him risen to become the club’s primary play-maker, winning many awards, most notably the Most Improved Player award in 2017.

Biography of Giannis Antetokounmpo 

Giannis Antetokounmpo arrived on earth on the 6th of December, 1994 in Athens, Greece. He was born to a father identified as Charles Antetokounmpo and a mother named Veronica Antetokounmpo. Although a Greek national, Giannis also has Nigerian roots. This is because his mother and father are both Nigerians who migrated and settled in Greece to seek greener pastures. They migrated from Nigeria to Greece in 1991, about 3 years before the star player was born.

There is no information available about Antetokounmpo’s childhood. It is, however, known that due to his family’s social status, the young man and his older brother had to hawk items on the street in order to help provide for his family.

By 2007, he started playing basketball and two years later, he began playing competitively for Filathlitikos’ youth squad. The basketball player joined the senior men’s Filathlitikos team in 2012 and featured during the 2012-13 Season of the Greek A2 Basket League. During this time, Giannis stunned fans by scoring an average of 9.5 points in at least 26 games. When the 2012/13 season ended, he bagged a 4-year deal with Spanish club CAI Zaragoza.

The more Giannis Antetokounmpo got better at his game, the more his fame grew and in April 2013, he was able to declare for the NBA draft to move to play in the United States.

NBA Career and Stats

Giannis Antetokounmpo was selected as the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Following the signing of his rookie deal with the club in July 2013, he went on to stun fans and managers with his ability.

In his rookie year, he was able to average 6.8 points, 1.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in as many as 77 appearances. He finished that season with 61 total blocks, which was a stunning feat that surpassed all the other NBA rookies that year, earning him a place on the 2013–14 NBA All-Rookie second team.

The basketball star was not backing down. When the next season began, he succeeded in leading the Bucks to the playoffs by averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. During one of those games, he set a then career-high record by scoring 27 points and securing 15 rebounds in a match against the Houston Rockets. This feat and others earned him the Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. However, despite this brilliance, they were defeated during the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls.

READ   What Is Brooks Laich's Net Worth and Who Is His Wife?

When the 2015-16 season began, Giannis showed great improvement in his game and his scoring ability. In fact, for the first 20 games of that season, he averaged 16 points per game. That same season, he recorded his first ever career triple-double during a win against the Los Angeles Lakers in which he scored 27 points, 10 assists, and 12 rebounds. That feat made him the youngest Milwaukee Bucks player ever to record a triple-double.

Giannis started the 2016–17 season with a bang, scoring a game-high 31 points in a match against the Charlotte Hornets and shortly after that, he recorded his sixth career triple-double. For his exploits, he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week that December. He went on to amaze the division when he continued scoring at least 20 points in 14 consecutive games, tying the longest double scoring run ever by any Bucks star. In January 2017, he got selected for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game over his very impressive run during his 2015-2016 season outing. He was also honored with the NBA Most Improved Player Award.

Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his exploits in the 2017/18 season when he averaged 26.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. That year he managed to become the very first Milwaukee Bucks player since Marques Johnson to ever get selected in two consecutive NBA All-Star Games.

He started the 2018–19 season with a four-straight 25-point and 15-rebound performance and was honored with the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award. He went on to record five triple-doubles across different games and was named the Player of the Week six times. He was also named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February 2019.

Who Is His Girlfriend?

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his girlfriend, Mariah Riddlesprigger

Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently dating a lady identified as Mariah Riddlesprigger. Like him, Mariah is also an athlete who plays Volleyball at Rice University in Houston, Texas. According to reports, the lovebirds both reside in Milwaukee are said to be head-over-heels in love with each other.

His Siblings and Family Members

Giannis has four siblings, three of whom play basketball today. His oldest brother identified as Francis was left back in Nigeria by his parents when they migrated to Greece. After they arrived in Greece and had found a place to stay, his parents had him and later three other brothers; Thanasis, Kostas, and Alex, who now actively play basketball.

The family didn’t find it very smooth initially because, for about 20 years, none of them qualified to get full Greek citizenship so they had to hide from immigration police every time for fear of being deported. Eventually, life got better as time went by and the brothers started to play the game of basketball.

READ ALSO: Magic Johnson Son / Kids, Wife, Family, Height, and Body Stats

How Tall is Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a very tall person and this is not surprising at all considering he is a basketball player. The young athlete actually towers over many of his peers with his rather domineering height that is listed at 6 feet 11 inches. He further weighs about 101 kg or 222 lbs.

Samuel Daniel
Samuel Daniel
Samuel is a researcher and content creator who is deeply passionate about writing and singing. His expertise is in finance, celebrity profiles and net worth, creative writing, fictional character development, as well as article writing, revolving around exciting names in the world of entertainment, sports and business. Previously, he has worked as Sports and Foreign news correspondent, and voice-over expert with NTA as well as a reporter and deputy news editor for orientation broadcast studio. He holds a B.Sc in Mass Communications


Analysis of Al Pacino’s Net Worth and Details About His Wife or Girlfriend, and Children

Al Pacino is an American actor, filmmaker, and screenwriter. Being a recipient of the Triple Crown of Acting, Pacino has found tremendous success acting...

The Untold Truth Of Josh Flagg’s Net Worth And His Marriage To Bobby Boyd

Josh Flagg is a renowned American real estate agent and television big name who rose to stardom in 2006 after appearing in the debut...

The Highs of Taysom Hill’s Career, Net Worth And Facts About His Wife Emily Nixon

When life gives you lemons, then you should make lemonades out of it. One person who appears to be doing exactly that is Taysom...

A Look at Why Channing Tatum Divorced His Wife, Details of His Current Girlfriend and Net Worth

Channing Tatum is an American actor who began his Hollywood career in 2004 starring in an episode of CSI: Miami. He is also a...

A Review of Andrew Ilnyckyj’s Relationship Timeline and Career Pursuits

Without a doubt, Buzzfeed since its creation in 2006 has been the custodian of viral content on the internet. The Internet media company has...

A Look At Gal Gadot’s Family, Husband ‘Yaron Varsano’ and Her Current Net Worth

When it was revealed that the superhero comic character Wonder Woman would be getting her movie, fans worldwide were ecstatic. For the role, the...

Understanding Jay Z’s Net Worth, Career Successes and How He Spends His Money

In recent times, Forbes has reported that a few American rappers are worth more than a billion dollars. The first rapper that, however, received...

The 30 Highest Paid Celebrities In The World and Their Earnings

As each new year dawns, many of us ramp up on our efforts to achieve our targeted goals but there is these special group...

Sheldon Adelson Was The Biggest Casino Tycoon on Earth Before His Death, How Did He Make His Money?

2020 was not only notable because of the covid-19 pandemic but also the death of several beloved personalities. They include the likes of Diego...

Mansa Musa Net Worth, Accomplishments and Legacy of The Richest Man Ever

When we think of some of the richest human beings alive, our minds immediately think of the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and...

Who is Mollie Hemingway, Who Are Her Family Members and How Much Is She Worth?

Mollie Hemingway is an American political analyst and conservative commentator, notable for being a senior editor at the online magazine, The Federalist. She rose...

Featured Today

What Is Wrong With Barron Trump, Is He Really Autistic? Where Is He Now?

Autism is prevalent and can affect people of all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups. The disorder, which limits a person's ability to relate and...

Shimon Prokupecz’ Career Until CNN and Fun Facts About His Sexuality

Shimon Prokupecz may be one of CNN’s most promising Justice Reporters today, but he did not start that way. The American journalist, like many...

Pokémon Card Value and Price Guide: How Much Money Are Your Cards Worth Now?

In recent years, interest in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (PTCG) has grown immensely as multiple cards have been sold for jaw-dropping prices at...

18 Richest Black Billionaires and Their Net Worth

In recent times, many black people have been making the list of richest billionaires in the world as they have gathered a net worth...

The Truth About Katia Washington One Of Denzel Washington’s Two Daughters

There is an unbelievable amount of wealth and glamour in Hollywood, but one thing that has remained scarce in the industry are wholesome families....

Related Stories