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Milwaukee Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has captured the hearts and minds of many in his rookie season. (PHOTO: David Bernacchi)

A rising star: Our favorite Giannis moments (so far)

Milwaukee Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo will participate in the NBA All-Star weekend by playing in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

The 19-year-old has captured the hearts of fans and media in the first half of his rookie season, for a variety of reasons.

He's sort of become a pop sensation, if you ask us.

Here are some of our favorite moments so far:

10. His parallel parking (at 4:15 in the video)

"Oh it's nice. It's smashing. I'm the best."

9. His hands

8. His blog

Giannis writes for a Greek site but you can find translations out there. Here's a sampling, thanks to the people at BrewHoop:

"For me the best gift is the NBA. What I am going through is amazing. Even now, when I am stepping on the floor, I think it's not real. Until seven months ago I was playing in ESKA and A2 [read: Greek lower divisions] and now I am in the NBA. If this isn't a gift, then what is?"

7. He's still growing

6. Throwing up the antlers

5. The fantastic StarBUCKS Drake Hands video

4. His tweets

3. His Dougie (Thanks Zaza!)

2. His story

1. His game


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