Giannis Antetokounmpo Parents: Know all about Veronica and Charles Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo parents Charles and Veronica Antetokounmpo were both athletes for their home country Nigeria. They had 5 sons. Three of the 5 brothers have already played for the teams in the NBA.


Giannis Antetokounmpo Parents: Know all about Veronica and Charles Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is considered by many the best basketball player in the NBA. He is a 2 x MVP, has won an NBA Championship, and has one Finals MVP. He has perhaps won every accolade that would make him a Hall of Famer when he is done playing. The Milwaukee Bucks star has been one to watch when it comes to dominance in modern basketball. There is a lot known about the Antetokounmpo brothers, but not a lot about their parents. 

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Giannis has four brothers Francis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Antetokounmpo, and Alex Antetokounmpo. Thanasis plays for the Bucks and is Giannis’ teammate. Kostas was the part of Lakers 2020 championship squad. Alex is trying to become a prospect in the league after his brothers made it to the highest level of basketball. 

However, there is not a lot known about the parents of Antetokounmpo. Giannis was born to his parents Charles Antetokounmpo and Veronica Antetokounmpo. His parents pursued their respective careers in sports. Both Charles and Veronica were raised in Nigeria, but they relocated to Greece for better life and opportunity. 

Charles was part of the Nigerian ethnic group Yoruba and later became a member of the Nigerian football team. Charles had an impressive football career with Nigeria before he retired. He died in September 2017. Charles was 54 when he died of cardiac arrest. Veronica, Giannis’ mother is a former professional Nigerian high jumper. She is a part of an ethnic group in Nigeria known as Igbo. Veronica and her whole family were featured in the 2022 biographical sports drama film Rise.

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Who are Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brothers

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brothers

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the 5 Antetokounmpo brothers from Greece and he is not the only brother who has made it to the highest level of basketball. Francis is the eldest of five brothers, he was born in Nigeria in 1988 and is the only brother who did not start his life in Greece. When Charles and Veronica moved to Greece in 1991, Francis was left in the care of his grandparents. He later joined his brothers in Greece. 

NBA player Athanasios Antetokounmpo, also known as Thanasis, plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. He is the second oldest sibling in the family and was born in Athens on July 18, 1992, a year after his parents immigrated to Greece. He started playing basketball in 2008 with the junior team of Filathlitikos before moving up to the senior men’s team in 2010. Since 2019, Thanasis has been playing with the Milwaukee Bucks with his brother. 

Kostas was born in 1997, one year after his famous older brother Giannis. He attended Dominican High School and pursued his basketball career after relocating to the US with his brothers. After declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Kostas. They later traded Kostas to the Dallas Mavericks. Before joining the French Betclic Elite and the Euroleague, Kostas played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers.

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The youngest of the Antetokounmpo brothers, Alex was born in 2001. He joined the Sacramento Kings in 2021 for the NBA Summer League. He was given an Exhibit 10 contract by the Toronto Raptors after the competition, however, he was released the next day to join the Raptors 905. The primary goal of the Antetokounmpo brother’s is living up to their father’s legacy.

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