Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were among the favorites to compete for an NBA title. Unfortunately, the two-time MVP did not make the NBA Finals this year.
But, another Antetokounmpo was a part of the NBA Finals and won a championship with the LA Lakers, and that was Giannis’ younger brother, Kostas.
Giannis Amtetokounmpo’s impressive season ends with no championship
Antetokounmpo was coming off a big 2018-19 season, where he won his first NBA MVP award. That season, the talented big man averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists and led the Bucks to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Winning his first MVP award was a big step in his career as he’s blossomed into one of the best in the league.
Antetokounmpo has shown the ability to get to the rim with ease and score finishing through contact. At 6-foot-11, Antetokounmpo’s length makes it difficult for defenders to stay in front of him when he’s on offense. Whenever Antetokounmpo’s on the court, he’s one of the best players out there. After putting together an impressive 2018-19 season, Antetokounmpo was ready to continue that success heading into the new season. That’s exactly what he did.
He got off to a hot start during the 2019-20 season as he recorded a triple-double in his first game against the Houston Rockets. Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. During the season, he helped lead the Bucks to 18 consecutive wins. Milwaukee was one of the top teams in the league with the top player at the time. He finished the regular season with an all-time record for single-season NBA Player Efficiency Rating (PER) with 31.87. As per Basketball Reference, he surpassed the previous record held by Wilt Chamberlain of 31.82.
Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists. He won the NBA MVP award for the second consecutive season and also won the Defensive Player of the Year award. Antetokounmpo joined Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win MVP and NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.
A look at Kostas Antetokounmpo’s NBA career
Kostas has not had the success that his older brother Giannis has had, but the fact that he’s made it to the NBA is an impressive accomplishment. After spending a season at the University of Dayton, Kostas declared for the 2018 NBA draft. Kostas was the last pick in the draft as the Philadelphia 76ers selected him and then immediately traded him to the Dallas Mavericks.
He signed a two-way contract with the Mavericks in July of 2018 and split time with the Mavericks and their G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. Kostas made his NBA debut with the Mavericks on March 20. 2019 against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Mavericks waived Kostas on July 19, 2019. He only appeared in two games with the Mavericks and averaged one point in 5.3 minutes.
After the Mavericks waived him, the Lakers claimed Kostas off waivers a few days later. Kostas played in five games throughout the 2019-20 season on a two-way contract and scored seven points against the Sacramento Kings.
Kostas winning a title with the Lakers while Giannis is still waiting for his first one
In just his second NBA season, Kostas can call himself an NBA champion as he was a part of the Lakers team that defeated the Miami Heat during the 2020 NBA Finals. Kostas has already accomplished something that Giannis has not done yet. Giannis has been in the league for seven seasons, Kostas can say he has is an NBA title.
Kostas did not appear during the NBA playoffs, but he was still a part of the Lakers team showing his support. Many thought that an Antetokounmpo would compete for a title and possibly win, and that did happen; it just wasn’t Giannis who did it.