After re-signing with Milwaukee to a five-year, $228 million extension in late 2020, Giannis Antetokounmpko led the Bucks to the 2021 NBA championship — the team’s first finals win since 1971. The Greek Freak was unanimously voted the NBA Finals MVP, and he’s continued to set the bar high since then.
The Antetokounmpo surname keeps popping up this season, too. Thanasis Antetokounmpo joined his brother Giannis on the Milwaukee Bucks in 2019. Together, they earned those 2021 championship rings. Kostas Antetokounmpo also joined the NBA, first with the Dallas Mavericks and then with the Lakers. Although he didn’t play, Kostas won an NBA championship with LA in 2020.
This makes three Antetokounmpo brothers in the NBA out of five total Antetokounmpo brothers. Born in 1994, Giannis falls right in the middle. Here’s what you need to know about each sibling.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s older brothers
Francis Antetokounmpo (born in 1988)
Francis Antetokounmpo is the oldest of five Antetokounmpo brothers. The only one of the five brothers not born in Greece, Francis’s parents moved there in 1991, reports Heavy. He stayed in Nigeria where he was raised by his grandparents. Francis later joined back up with his parents and siblings.
The 6’5″ athlete did play some basketball in Greece, but his hoops career never took off in the same way his brothers’ careers did. Instead, Francis found success as a soccer player, playing midfielder for a professional club in Greece’s second-tier league.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo (born in 1992)
Like Giannis, Thanasis began his professional career with the Greek basketball club Filathlitikos. In 2012-13, the 6’7″ forward averaged 12.2 points per game with the Greek squad. Thanasis played one season in 2013-14 with the Delaware 87ers in the NBA Development League. He averaged 12 points and 4.3 rebounds per game that season.
In 2014, the New York Knicks selected Thanasis with the No. 51 overall pick in the NBA draft. Thanasis played three seasons for the Westchester Knicks, New York’s D-League affiliate. He made his NBA debut in 2016 but only played in six minutes across two games. The Knicks chose not to renew his contract.
Thanasis spent three years in Europe, playing the 2016-17 season with MoraBanc Andorra in the Spanish League and then the last two seasons with Panathinaikos in Greece. He led Panathinaikos to back-to-back championships and became the Greek League’s most spectacular player in 2018 and 2019.
As we mentioned, Thanasis signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2019, reuniting with his brother Giannis. Together, they won the 2021 NBA Championship.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s younger brothers
Kostas Antetokounmpo (born in 1997)
Despite averaging only 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game at the University of Dayton in 2017-18, Kostas declared for the NBA draft in 2018. The Philadelphia 76ers chose the 6’11” center/forward with the final pick of the draft. They promptly traded him to Dallas where he split his playing time between the Mavericks and Texas Legends, its G League team.
A few days later, the Lakers claimed Kostas, reports The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He became the first Greek-born player to win an NBA championship when LA beat the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals. In 2021, Kostas joined LDLC ASVEL of the Euroleague and French Betclic Élite.
Alex Antetokounmpo (born in 2001)
Alex Antetokounmpo is the youngest of the Antetokounmpo siblings. Giannis sees the potential in his little brother. The six-time NBA All-Star told Bleacher Report, “I definitely think Alex can be better than me. He stays motivated. He wants this. That’s what makes him special. He’s not satisfied.”
In 2020, DePaul University, Ohio University, and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay offered Alex basketball scholarships out of high school. Instead, the 6’7″ small forward signed with UCAM Murcia in Spain and played one season. Alex joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2021 NBA Summer League, which the team won. He eventually joined the Canadian pro basketball team Raptors 905 where he remains.
Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.