Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)

International Players, 2023-24 Season

PlayerPositionCountrySeason(s)Hometown
Lindell WiggintonGuardCanada2023-24Dartmouth, Canada
Jaylin GallowayGuardAustralia2023-24Sydney, Australia
Danilo GalinariForwardItaly2023-24Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Italy
Giannis AntetokounmpoForwardGreece2023-24Athens, Greece
Thanasis AntetotkounmpoForwardGreece2023-24Athens, Greece

Team History

The Milwaukee Bucks have a rich history marked by their international flair, with a tradition of welcoming players from diverse backgrounds onto their roster. This tradition began to take shape in the 1980s when the Bucks drafted Lithuanian basketball legend Arvydas Sabonis in 1986, although Sabonis did not join the NBA until 1995 due to the restrictions of the Soviet Union at the time. Despite his delayed arrival, Sabonis left an indelible mark on the league, showcasing his remarkable skills as a center. During his tenure with the Bucks, Sabonis averaged impressive numbers, including 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.

Following Sabonis, the Bucks continued to embrace international talent, notably with the addition of Australian-born forward Andrew Bogut in 2005. Bogut, the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, made significant contributions to the team’s success during his tenure. His defensive prowess and ability to dominate the paint bolstered the Bucks’ lineup, earning him recognition as the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2006. Bogut’s impact extended beyond individual accolades, as he played a key role in the team’s playoff runs, exemplifying the Bucks’ commitment to international excellence.

In recent years, the Bucks have further solidified their reputation as a destination for top international talent, most notably with the addition of Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Affectionately known as the “Greek Freak,” Antetokounmpo has emerged as one of the most dominant players in the league, earning multiple MVP awards and leading the Bucks to their first NBA championship in 2021. His unique combination of size, athleticism, and skill has redefined the power forward position, cementing his place in NBA history. Antetokounmpo’s journey from Athens, Greece, to Milwaukee exemplifies the Bucks’ commitment to embracing talent from all corners of the globe, solidifying their status as a global basketball powerhouse.