NBA superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, says he is hopeful more African talents will get the opportunity to play in the NBA in the future.
The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player is gunning for his first championship title, but the Phoenix Suns, inspired by Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton stand in their way in the ongoing finals.
Giannis, a player of Nigerian descent currently representing Greece, believes the African continent is blessed with abundant talents that can light up the NBA.
“Throughout the year I had the opportunity to notice that there were a lot of African players. There were a lot of Nigerian players also playing with teams,” Giannis said during NBA Finals.
“It just speaks for itself how much talent that can come from Africa. I had the opportunity to go there six years ago with my family and see for myself. I was able to coach those young kids – they had so much talent. So, hopefully moving forward we can see more kids from Africa join the NBA,” the 22-year-old added.
Africa is highly represented in the NBA with 26 players of Nigerian descent in 19 NBA teams; eight of them were listed in Nigeria’s provisional 15-man team for the 2020 Olympics in Japan later this month.