Free-agent forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo is set to continue his journey with the Milwaukee Bucks, as the team officially announced his return on Friday. The 31-year-old, known for being the older brother of NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, has spent the last four seasons with the Bucks after being selected by the New York Knicks with the 51st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
One of the highlights of Thanasis’ career came during the 2020-21 season when he played a key role in helping the Milwaukee Bucks secure an NBA championship. While his individual statistics might not stand out with career averages of 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds across 164 games, his impact on the team has been praised by both fans and teammates.
This upcoming season will mark Thanasis’ fifth consecutive year with the Bucks. Over the last four seasons, he has participated in 162 games, showcasing his versatility on the court and contributing an average of 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in just 8.4 minutes per game during those appearances. Although he was part of Coach Mike Budenholzer’s rotation in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, he saw limited action in the previous season.
Beyond his playing minutes, Thanasis has made a significant difference for the team with his boundless energy and unwavering commitment. He has also assumed the role of a mentor and sounding board for his younger brother, Giannis, a two-time MVP in the NBA.
With the signing of Thanasis, the Milwaukee Bucks have filled all 15 spots on their NBA roster, effectively concluding their offseason moves. General Manager Jon Horst expressed contentment with the overall roster, even though the team lacks a true backup point guard. While further changes through trades are still a possibility, Thanasis’ return solidifies the team’s lineup for the upcoming season.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s path to the NBA was not without challenges. Although he was drafted in 2014, he had to wait until the 2015-16 season to make his official debut. After a brief stint with the New York Knicks, he chose to explore opportunities overseas, playing professionally in Spain and Greece before making his return to the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2019-20 season.
His decision to remain with the Bucks came after considering multiple options, including a potential reunion with the Knicks. However, Thanasis ultimately chose to continue his journey with the team in Milwaukee, where he will once again play alongside his younger brother, Giannis.
While his individual statistics might not garner much attention, Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s presence on the team and his close relationship with Giannis bring an intangible element to the Bucks’ locker room. The brothers, along with the Lopez twins, Robin and Brook, have formed a unique fraternity of siblings in Milwaukee, contributing to a strong sense of camaraderie within the team.