The 2020-2021 Milwaukee Bucks welcome back another player from its championship roster, extending forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo with a two-year deal.
Reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the extension follows Thanasis’ most active season in the NBA — averaging nearly ten minutes (9.7) a game, adding 2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and shooting 48.9 percent off the bench for the 2020-2021 Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks F Thanasis Antetokounmpo has agreed to a new two-year deal, sources tell ESPN. He played 57 games in Bucks’ championship season, plus 13 more in the playoffs.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 13, 2021
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager Jon Horst released a statement on the extension, praising the 29-year-old Thanasis for bringing “energy, effort and tenacity every minute of every game.”
Horst also noted, “He’s a valuable part of our team and we’re excited to have him remain in Milwaukee.”
Active since 2012, Thanasis’ pro career has bounced between European teams and a pair of NBA franchises. First drafted in 2014 by the New York Knicks, Thanasis left to play in Greece and Spain before landing with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2019 — joining brother and eventual two-time NBA MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The eldest of the trio of Antetokounmpo brothers active in the NBA, Thanasis won his first NBA Championship, alongside Giannis, with the Bucks in July. Former Los Angeles Laker Kostas Antetokounmpo was the first sibling to win a ring after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the 2019-2020 Finals.
Thanasis played 57 games for the Bucks in 2020-2021. The team finished third in the Eastern Conference with a 46-26 record, then going on to defeat the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals, 4-2.