NBA Draft


Scouting Report

As the older brother of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA is primed to welcome another Greek Freak to its hardwood. While Thanasis will ultimately be judged by interested teams on his own merit, the immediate success of his now 19-year-old brother certainly won't hurt his draft stock. After one professional season in the Greek Second Division, Antetokounmpo originally declared for the 2013 draft with his younger brother but withdrew at the deadline. He was taken ninth in the Nov. 1 D-League draft and spent this past season with the Delaware 87ers, where he averaged 12.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 50 games while earning third-team defensive honors. He's a few inches shorter than his 6-foot-9 brother as well as a few years older, but his slashing ability and overall athleticism are likely to garner plenty of attention along with his 7-foot wingspan. He's a small forward, but his lateral quickness combined with his size could make him an intriguing defensive option to also contain and smother smaller guards. His basketball IQ and inexperience seem to be the main drawbacks as well as his age when taking into account his rawness. At 21, he's a few years older than others entering the league who require his type of development in terms of fundamentals, aptitude in offensive sets and cultivating a long-range jumper. While Giannis was drafted 15th overall, Thanasis is expected to be selected somewhere in the middle of the second round.


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