When Giannis Antetokounmpo was a kid, he and his brother, Thanasis, used to sell pencils, sunglassses and whatever else they could to help put food on the table.
“We would be out on the street together, selling a toy, a watch, something, and we’d raise $10,” Thanasis said to the Vertical. “And that is good, because we didn’t starve today. We’re going to go home. We’re going to have something to eat. And it is a good day.”
Back in September, he made sure his family will never starve again by signing a four-year, $100 million extension with the Bucks. In return, the Greek Freak put up a historic season, making the All-Star team and becoming the first player to ever finish in the top 20 in total points (14), rebounds (15), assists (18), steals (9), and blocks (5) for a single season while averaging career-highs in points (22.9), rebounds (8.8), assists (5.4), steals (1.6) and blocks (1.9).
Only four other players since 1973 (when the NBA started recording blocks) have led their team in these five major stat categories: Dave Cowens (77/78), Scottie Pippen (94/95), Kevin Garnett (02/03) and LeBron James (08/09).
I wouldn’t be surprised to see these historic numbers place him on the 2nd All-NBA team and win him the Most Improved Player award.