Nigerian-born Greece international, Thanasis Adetokunbo (Antetokounmpo) has signed a two-year contract extension with the USA National Basketball Association (NBA) champions, who also have his outstanding younger brother, Giannis, on their roster.
Although Thanasis has not been able to hit things of at the same height with his younger sibling, who emerged most valuable player in this year’s NBA Finals, he has been deemed good enough for a new deal with The Bucks.
Megasportsarena.com gatheed further that Thanasis, whose younger brother is also a top rated Greece international and two-time MVP in the NBA’s regular season, averaged 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 57 games mostly off the bench last season.
The 29-year-old ace also averaged 0.7 points and 0.8 rebounds in 13 games during their play-off run, which resulted in The Bucks’ winning their first NBA championship gong in 50 years.
He was drafted initially by New York Knicks in the second round of the 2014 draft, but played just two games with their team that season, after which he then spent the next three seasons playing in Spain and Greece.
Thanasis then made his way back to the NBA and teamed up with Giannis in Milwaukee, while their younger brother, Kostas, last played with Los Angeles Lakers, but has reportedly signed a two-year deal to play in France next season.
This past season, ‘The Greek Freak’s’ older brother, played a career-high 57 games with three starts, averaging 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, shot 48.9 percent from the field, and appeared in 13 post-season games, after which The Bucks went on to win the NBA title.
The Bucks’ general manager, Jon Horst stated in a citation for the veteran player: “Thanasis brings energy, effort and tenacity every minute of every game. He’s a valuable part of our team and we’re excited to have him remain in Milwaukee.”