The Milwaukee Bucks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick of the first round of the NBA draft.
This was not a pick that’s going to be stashed in the first round. Antetokounmpo fully intends to be in the NBA next season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo insisting he won’t go back to Greece next year. Wants to be in NBA now. That’s scaring teams away in the lottery.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2013
The problem is that Antetokounmpo looks like he is a few years away from being an NBA player. Antetokounmpo hasn’t been challenged during his short playing career. Antetokounmpo has played in the under-19 Greek league and the second division of the Greek league. Neither of these leagues have been the truest test of Antetokounmpo’s size and athleticism.
But that’s the thing about Antetokounmpo: hes nothing, but size and athleticism. He’s a 6’9″ power forward with arms for days (7’2″ wingspan!) and great athleticism.
Antetokounmpo is comfortable handling the ball and if he can develop his defense and shooting, he projects to be similar to Luol Deng or Nicolas Batum. In other words, he would be a great wing defender to compliment Larry Sanders.
I had the same reaction to Antetokounmpo that I had when the Bucks picked Tobias Harris: “Hmm, okay, let’s see where this goes.” And now I spend most of my days crying and drinking in a corner while cursing fate for removing Harris from my life. Hammond has had three good picks in a row. Let’s see where this goes.