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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hands are freakishly large

Oct 21, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo AP

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a project — a guy with a fantastic frame, great athleticism and he’s shown a few skills this preseason, but it’s going to be a couple years before we know just how good the young Greek can be.

What we do know now: He has freakishly large hands.

All weekend NBA twitter was buzzing about this screenshot of Antetokounmpo from a Bucks game.

But over at Bucksketball they have the real photographic proof (hat tip to All Ball):


via Bucksketball

On the list of things you can’t teach, that’s pretty much at the top.

Antetokounmpo has shown some flashes this preseason, let’s hope Larry Drew doesn’t bury him on the bench this year — let him learn in some game action. Let him get some run. And with that, let us fans have some fun watching him grow.

  1. johngalt1783 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Not good for FT shooting or jump shooting. Overly big hands is the main reason Bigs usually are not good FT shooters.

    As far as Giannis being a “project” Lebron was a project. He had to be taught and learn how to win in the playoffs. Took a number of years for him to learn.

    • bougin89 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Learning how to win in the playoffs doesn’t make you a project player. Lebron might be the furthest thing from a project player ever, especially considering how good he was right out of high school.

      20, 5, and 5 in the NBA when you’re 19 years old means you are not a project. Did he improve a ton? Yes he did but he was no project player, ever.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      That’s the first thought I had too; that he’d be a bad free throw shooter.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      It didn’t take LeBron long to learn how to win in the playoffs. He dragged a terrible team to the Finals in just his 2nd year in he playoffs!

      And Michael Jordan had huge hands – didn’t seem to hurt his free throw shooting or jump shooting. Charles Barkley had tiny hands and was a 73% free throw shooter.

    • spursareold - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      That’s a falsehood that’s been around for ages. Kawhi Leonard IMPROVED his shooting from a 3G% of 29 at the NCAA line to a 3G% of 37 at the longer NBA line, and his hands are EVERY bit as freakish as GA’s.

  2. kb2408 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Shooting has very little, if anything, to do with hand size. There have been plenty of guys with big hands who were good shooters and plenty with smaller hands who couldn’t throw the ball in an ocean. Technique and practice makes a player a good shooter.

    • limonadamas - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Absolutely true. I was always skeptical when people said Shaq couldn’t shoot free throws because his hands are too big.

      John Stockton and Michael Jordan come to mind with regard to guys with humongous hands who could shoot. Jason Kidd also has giant mitts and learned how to shoot as his career progressed. Kwame Brown comes to mind as a guy with small hands who couldn’t shoot a lick.

  3. mrlaloosh - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    What’s with the metric ruler? Now I gotta think.

  4. dls612 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Betta not let him catch you on smack-cam!

  5. truprof - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    His hand appears to be 24 or 25 centimeters, which is 9.4 to 9.8 inches. Connie Hawkins is said to have hands that meassure 10 inches. Hawkins could supposedly palm a ball using only his thumb and middle finger. Other players, such as Dr. J, had even larger hands.

  6. cbrown386 - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Metric ruler threw me off at first, I thought this dude actually had hands that were 2ft long.

  7. roanboon - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Wow, that would be a bizarre finger print.

  8. abchome - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    I wish to see his and Rondo’s hand compared.

  9. asuthyo - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    This makes me think of that picture of Javon Kearse when he was coming into the NFL. The one where he is holding a ruler between his pinky and thumb. That guy had huge hands!

  10. roachyxxx - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Maybe if his hands were the size of Buicks it would’ve helped him against the Bulls.

  11. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    They look kinda frail.

  12. abqpacker - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    9.5 inch hands are NOT freakishly large. Several NFL receivers’ hands just as large – and none of them are as tall.

    • tfyjman - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      But that fact that he is so tall is kinda the reason behind it. It is pretty large when you think about it. I mean it just goes with the rest of his massive frame.

  13. mdkaton - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Really hope the kid succeeds, wrote about him and the organization a few days ago in my blog. Check it out Bucks fans:

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