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Global domination with Giannis Antetokounmpo

| June 28, 2013

Category: Draft Talk, Feelgoodery, Player Profiles

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RIDE THAT HORSE

RIDE THAT HORSE

Are we having fun yet?!

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick in last night’s NBA Draft. Antetokounmpo, a 6-9 forward from Nigeria via Greece, is unquestionably the biggest risk in the draft. He’s 18-years-old, has never played at a level of basketball close to the NBA, and his arms are skinnier than John Henson’s.

But did I mention his arms?! He has a 7-3 wingspan, is apparently still growing, and he has natural point guard skills. John Hammond believes he can contribute to the offense right away. However, we will need to wait and see if his presumed inability to instantly adjust to the  speed of the NBA places him on the bench for most of the season.

So he has potential, clearly. If his game develops to where it’s passable, his body will allow him to be special. Those arms are paired with hands so big I’m still not sure they’re real and with the right coaching he could be special on defense. There’s a reason he’s called The Greek Freak. It’ll just take a lot of time.

Antetokounmpo’s standing reach (7’3) + Henson’s standing reach (7’5) + Larry Sander‘s standing reach (7’5) = 22 feet and one inch aka nearly half the width of an NBA court.

Can you tell I’m excited? You should be, too! To help you get to my level of PUMPED UP FEELINGS, check out all of this stuff about Antetokounmpo. Get your t-shirt jerseys ready!

  • At Draft Express, they did their normal player breakdown video:

  • And footage from his time on the U20 Greek National team:

  • I mentioned his hands:

Giannis hand

  • Andrew Sharp broke down Antetokounmpo and the other foreign players earlier in the week for Grantland. He compares Antetokounmpo to a Greek Josh Smith. Might as well get the real Smoove, too, now Mr. Kohl! (Just kidding. Please don’t do that. I’m too happy right now.)
  • Here’s Antetokounmpo talking with Craig Sager last night. He’s just as surprised as us.

  • This interview makes him look even younger than 18. Impressive!

And that’s it for now. More should come later in the day. Enjoy your Fridays. Have fun looking at Antetokounmpo’s hands.

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Jon Hartzell is a writer/producer at NBA.com who likes the Bucks.

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  1. bucks1988 says:

    Love the Risk picture by the way. Common Hammond/Kohl. If you were to tank next year and got a high draft pick to go with our young core, I am pretty sure more people would be on board for a new stadium. I would watch every game next year just to see the potential. I mean, Milwaukee fans watch the summer league more than they do the regular season or the post season this past year for that very reason…potential.

    • bucks1988 says:

      its one year. You will make the same amount of money tanking next year with a cheap roster as you will with a mediocre team with a more expensive roster. Even the Celtics know when to blow it up

  2. bucks1988 says:

    I just had a thought, for scenario sake, if we were to get wiggins who is a 6’8” SG next year, think about that lonnnng lineup:
    PG:whoever
    SG:Wiggins=6’8″
    SF:Greek Freak=6’9″
    PF:Henson=6’11″
    C:Sanders=6’11″

    Did anybody else just crap their pants?

    • Justin says:

      why do you think that with the Giannis pick that we are somehow tanking now?

      • bucks1988 says:

        Well its kind of wishful thinking but then again they maybe forced to. If they really want to develop this kid, they cant have some guy in his spot taking minutes from him by year 3. At the beginning..yes, but down the road…no. Certainly don’t want to take minutes from Henson this year. So if Center/Power forward positions are gone, which small forward will want to sign for 2-3 years except maybe an old veteran(but probably not an impactful one is in the market). Only position left is guard and the best guard available after ellis leaves is JR Smith which i actually think he would help us lose games but not only that i don’t think he will come here. Who’s left? Howard, Paul, Jefferson, Smith, JR Smith, Ellis, Igudala, etc. Will they throw money at a bunch of scrubs? I guess we will find out next week

      • Chris says:

        Giannis is nowhere near ready to contribute. He’ll get some playing time, but if I had to guess I’d say around 12 mpg, and they probably won’t be all that productive. He’s an extremely raw talent who needs to work on some things, primarily getting stronger.

        I think once Ellis walked Kohl took a look at things and realized we needed to take a different direction. Offering Jennings up prior to the draft in an effort to gain picks leads me to believe that might be the case. This pick was certainly not a “win now” pick, there were much more NBA ready players available. Giannis is probably going to take at least two years to be ready to start.

        Tanking is a possibility. We’re certainly not going to be very good with the team we have right now, even if we resign Jennings. Hopefully Kohl and company have realized that.

        • Andrew says:

          You do realize that it was impossible to float Jennings for picks right? He’s an RFA, any deal involving Jennings would be a sign and trade in July.

  3. Justin says:

    this kid is so damn likeable.. just want to pinch his cheeks

    • OB says:

      Agreed I really like him as a person, can’t wait til we trade him for a 2 month rental or Stephen Jackson 2.0

      • Chris says:

        I’m going to be hosting a Bucks memorabilia bonfire after the trade. You’re welcome to join.

  4. Matthew says:

    On top of this, if we could somehow get Gal Mekel that would be awesome!!! Dont extend to Jennings. It’s been a great 4 yrs, but its time…