With a 90-72 loss at the hands of Serbia, Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s big fat Greek summer has come to an end.
Antetokounmpo finished with 7 points, 2 rebounds, a steal and a block, and he made all three of his field goal attempts, including a three-pointer at the start of the second half. Serbia outscored Greece in all four quarters, but they didn’t really pull away until the fourth when Bogdan Bogdanovic (21 points) sparked the Serbs’ offense.
Serbia advances to play the winner of Argentina/Brazil in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Greece won all five games of their group phase before getting knocked out in this Round of 16 game.
Among Antetokounmpo’s highlight plays for this game were a dunk,
and a block on old friend Miroslav Raduljica.
(Raduljica finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds and it’s looking more and more like the Clippers may have made a mistake in waiving him.)
For the tournament, Antetokounmpo averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while making 45.8% of his shots. His three-pointer in this game was his only make in 9 attempts during the World Cup tourney. He also made 15 of 19 free throws (78.9%) over the course of the six games.
Giannis’s role in the offense was largely a deferential one — he never really found a comfort zone in the half court offense other than sneaking behind the defense on off-the-ball cuts. He also seemed a bit hesitant to shoot jump shots, and defenses occasionally sagged off of him. He was not counted on to initiate Greece’s offense in nearly the same way that the Bucks used him in Summer League.
On defense, Antetokounmpo looked solid. He protected the rim and contested jump shots well. In a year since being drafted, he seems to have learned when to bunch toward the paint away from his defensive assignment at the right times as well as how to chase shooters around screens. He still fouls a lot, and a lot of those fouls occur mid-drive as a defender tries to squeeze past him with a dribble.
Antetokounmpo will now have roughly four weeks before camp and four weeks of preseason before the regular season gets underway Oct. 29 in Charlotte.