The Milwaukee Bucks and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo have agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract extension, according to an official statement released by the franchise on Monday. The 21-year old, known as the “Greek Freak,” has seen both his minutes and production increase over each of his first three seasons in the NBA.
Antetokounmpo set career-highs in almost every statistical category as a result of the 2015-2016 season. In just over 35 minutes per game, he set career-bests in points (16.9), rebounds (7.7), assists (4.3), steals (1.2) and blocks (1.4) per contest.
He also managed to register an effective field goal percentage of 52 percent last season.
However, the Bucks finished with a 33-49 record en route to finishing 12th in the Eastern Conference. The season was largely seen as a disappointment after the team made the playoffs with an even 41-41 record the previous season. Entering the 2016-2017 campaign, Milwaukee returns much of the same team as last season including the entirety of their starting lineup comprised of Michael Carter-Williams, Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton and Greg Monroe.
The Bucks are hoping that continuity will serve them well as their core – which is one of the youngest in the league – continues to develop individually and collectively into a perennial contender in the Eastern Conference.
Through his first three years in the league, Antetokounmpo has emerged as one of the most physically gifted and exciting players in the NBA. He is yet to develop as a threat from three-point range, however, shooting only 28 percent from beyond the arc to this point in his professional career.