Antetokounmpo's story of becoming an NBA star

At the age of 22, Giannis Antetokounmpo has already left his mark on the NBA. The former street vendor, the son of immigrants from Nigeria, has played in his first All Star Game and is considered to be among the league's elite players.

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on December 23, 2016, in Milwaukee.

Sometimes all you need is luck, and things just go the right way. Like in this case of a young immigrant from Nigeria, who went from working as a street vendor and playing next to an outdoor basketball court in Athens, to being a star of the US National Basketball Association (NBA).

But history could have been written in another way – if it hadn't been for Spiros Veliniatis, a basketball scout in Athens who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. 

TRT World's Paul Scott has the story.

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