And it couldn’t have happened to a more humble city with the most humble superstar.

From the Washington Post:

Antetokounmpo — spindly and raw when taken 15th in the 2013 draft — came to embody the antithesis of NBA fame while overpowering the league.

The playbook created by superstars who orchestrate their way into bigger and brighter markets, he shunned. And in December, Antetokounmpo’s commitment to the Bucks with a five-year, $228 million extension was such a low-key affair that he broke the news on social media.

“This is my home, this is my city,” Antetokounmpo wrote.

And on this night, embodying the spirits of the NBA greats before him, Antetokounmpo left it all on the floor, scoring 50 points and 14 rebounds and every one of those points were needed for the Bucks to become the NBA Champs in six games in front of their home crowd.


“I made my free throws tonight and I’m a freakin’ champion!” Antetokounmpo said.

After the Bucks won, Antetokounmpo, the Finals MVP, cried. In fact, he was choking back tears the entire night, almost as if he didn’t believe that he’d now joined Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the star Bucks players who won an NBA championship, in a city that took a chance on a 19-year-old kid whose family moved from Nigeria to Athens looking for a better life.


When asked to wax more about how he dominated the game to will his team to victory, in typical Antetokounmpo fashion, he had this to say:

“I hope this can give everybody around the world hope and believe in their dreams.”