Giannis Antetokounmpo's popularity is rising rapidly in the United States as the Bucks star emerges as a true superstar within the NBA. Well, in correlation with Giannis' transcendence to stardom, the country has seen a massive increase in the amount of people who share his name.
According to recent reports from the U.S. Social Security Administration, the amount of people named "Giannis" increased by 135% last year, and a whopping 662% since 2016, the same year that Antetokounmpo began to breakout in the NBA.
The popularity of the name "Giannis" increased by 135% last year and is up 662% since 2016.https://t.co/zxUvRmrkis— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) June 11, 2019
Coincidence? Definitely not.
It seems that the Greek Freak is captivating the minds of Americans, both with his fierce play and bubbly personality. What better name for a child than that of the Bucks' star?
According to the data, there have been 61 Giannis' born this year alone with five of those babies coming from within the state of Wisconsin, home of Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis led NBA in PER & Defensive Win Shares this year. Literally best offensive & defensive player in the NBA. KD was 14th in PER & 45th in Defensive Win Shares. Giannis should win MVP & Defensive Player of the Year, which only Hakeem and Jordan have done in the same season. https://t.co/zzofq4bBXi— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) June 10, 2019
Antetokounmpo entered the league via the 2013 NBA Draft. The Greek baller has seen his size and numbers increase with each passing year, and his popularity has grown in correlation.
Giannis has cemented himself as a superstar around the league, and with the amount of parents choosing to name their children after the 6-foot-11 star, his legacy only stands to grow.