Outside of Kawhi Leonard, no NBA player has experienced a renaissance like Giannis Antetokounmpo has the last two seasons. Although he’s improved each year in the league, last season was when he finally proved he was a superstar.
At only 25 years old, Antetokounmpo likely still has better days ahead. As such, he has made himself a very wealthy man.
The rise of Giannis Antetokounmpo
In 2013, Antetokounmpo was drafted in the middle of the first round with promise but no guarantees of his place in the NBA. Many people questioned whether the Greek athlete would be able to pull off a pro career. He had a lowkey season as a rookie, averaging just under seven points per game.
Antetokounmpo’s sophomore season began with a trend that continues to this day. He became the team’s go-to starter at shooting guard, then point guard, then forward. Antetokounmpo was a star by his fourth season, and an MVP by his sixth. His consistent rise shows no sign of stopping.
This year may be his best year yet. In just 31 minutes of action per game, Antetokounmpo is putting up a career-best 31 points per game and 13 rebounds. His five assists, one steal, and one block show he can get it done.
Because of his stardom and international appeal, Antetokounmpo is following in the steps of Michael Jordan and LeBron James by becoming the face of many products. Like those two, he is signed with Nike. His first shoe was a hit before it ever hit the market.
Antetokounmpo is not limited to the sneaker game. From Tissot cars to Kronos Foods, he is among the NBA’s most marketable players. The 25-year-old has a charm that makes him a natural in front of the camera. It’s no coincidence that he’s always among the top vote-getters for the NBA All-Star game.
The NBA has long prided itself on its international strategy. Having the Greek Freak at its disposal helps as more foreign-born stars join in league.
What is Antetokounmpo worth?
Antetokounmpo made a cool $1.7 million during his rookie season. Like his stats, those numbers have risen since he stormed the NBA. In 2017-18, the Bucks star signed his first big deal, which paid him $22 million during the first year, $24 million in the second, just under $26 million this year, and over $27 million next year.
Players used to dream of contracts like this. But Antetokounmpo pales in a league where many stars are starting to break $40 million a year. In his next contract, Antetokounmpo will likely triple, if not quadruple his career-earnings with a possible supermax contract on the horizon.
For now, however, he will have to settle for his $40 million net worth, as reported by Sportskeeda. If his star rises, however, it is tough to say just how much the superstar will make three years from now.