The gamble and sacrifices paid off. Giannis signed his first professional deal in Greece before he turned 18. The family was saved. After dominating the Greek Leagues, the NBA took a chance on a young man who had yet to become “The Greek Freak.”
Now in his 6th season in the league, Giannis has earned 4 All-Star appearances, an NBA MVP, and is one of the best players in the league. In 2017, Giannis signed a 4-year deal worth $100 million. That deal will be even bigger when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2021. What an incredible rags to riches story.