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Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks shot, gets behind-the-back assist in transition

Mar 4, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

ANTETOKOUNMPO, MAHINMI

Giannis Antetokounmpo ranks:

So, why does everyone go gaga over the Greek Freak?

1. He’s only 19

2. He sometimes does things like this:

Seriously, how many players in the NBA can do that?

Antetokounmpo hasn’t produced consistently, and that’s why he’s not a good player.

But he’s a great prospect. For now, that’s plenty.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Give this kid to coach Popovich in San Antonio, he will develop him, he will make him a monster, he will win a championship.

    Give this kid to Milwaukee, he will waste his prime years, the most he will do is the playoffs… SAD.

    • bougin89 - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      The Spurs are a great organization don’t get me wrong but it all started because they got Tim Duncan with the #1 pick. They’re great at developing talent and Popovich has a great system and is greatly respected by players but they don’t win any of those titles without getting the #1 pick and drafting Duncan in 1997.

      If David Robinson hurt his back and sat out the season one year later do you think the Spurs would have been as successful over the last 15ish years with a guy like Michael Olowokandi, Mike Bibby, Vince Carter, Antuwan Jamison, etc. instead of Tim Duncan?

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        I think people need to give more credit to the scouting staff of the Spurs, especially the international scouts. They seem to pick the right people in the draft – even when they have lower draft selections. And that’s to take nothing away from Pop…cuz he’s good!

      • bougin89 - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        I absolutely agree. They are great at what they do and a first class organization but Duncan was the main factor behind their success. It goes both ways though too. Duncan wouldn’t have as many rings without going to an organization like the Spurs and the Spurs wouldn’t have as many rings without Duncan.

    • jrob23 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      but if MIL gets Wiggins they instantly become a pretty tough defensive team with length and amazing athleticism. With the upside of those two players alone you have a shot to get out of the East in a couple of years.

  2. shaggytoodle - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    God forbid the Bucks ever get a player with any talent…

    Who knows maybe the Bucks can pair him with a talented top 3 pick next season, and start getting the ball rolling. It may take time but who knows maybe they can have a great team in 5 years, building a decent team along the way. The Pacers, Blazers, and Sonics/Thunder, eventually turned it around to have solid teams.

    The Bucks just took a while to have such an awful season where they might get a top pick, other words they have been in the middle (7 8 seed or late lottery) which everyone knows is the worst place to be in the NBA.

    • RavenzGunnerz - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      They need an organisation committed to developing talent. Many NBA owners are lazy and they don’t want to put time and effort into it.

      They either want to get Free Agents (See NY, LA) or get draft high picks (PHI, CLE). But look at organisations like San Antonio, Portland, Indiana, etc… have developed talent out of nowhere. That is how the future of the NBA will be now with the new CBA. Better get an owner who knows how to build an organisation that develops talent.

      • shaggytoodle - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Talent out of no where?

        Tim Duncan did not come out of no where? Lillard Aldridge (Por) and George (IND) were Top 10 picks.

        I agree that those teams have great coaches and GMs, but they also have had a chance to draft elite talent, while the Bucks have not had so much luck some of it is there fault with taking guys like Sanders, they have some decent players, but they haven’t been able to draft a true Superstar in years.

        Don’t sit there and try to make it sound like those teams started from scratch though.

      • bougin89 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        @RavensGunnerz

        The Bucks have proven that they can develop/acquire role players. They have had good role players for years, that hasn’t been the problem, we just haven’t been able to acquire a legit #1 on a playoff contender to build the team around. We won’t get one through free agency, it has to be through the draft because it’s Milwaukee. This tank season needed to happen for us in the worst way. It’s our only shot at being above mediocre.

      • spursareold - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        Shaggy, I think Raven’s talking about San Antonio plucking a never drafted 25 YO Gary Neal from Europe and turning him into an All Rookie team player, or picking Danny Green off the scrap heap after Cleveland cut him. They also rescued Patty Mills from China after his NBA career appeared to bust out.

      • shaggytoodle - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        When your around elite talent, like the best PF in the history of the game, its going to help your game, just as the many guys in Miami are playing better than they would else where.

  3. aminopp - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Actually they did draft a superstar in Dirk Nowitzki…but gave preference to The Truck lol

  4. antistratfordian - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Good court awareness and data processing by a teenager on this play.

    • jonevans511 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      His overall work ethic and desire to improve reminds me of Thad Young. A guy who can go out and score 30 or 6 and not care as long as his team wins. Give me 10 guys like this and 2 unstoppable scorers and we’re winning rings every year.

  5. cbking05 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    He should go to the Lakers …

    • bjswoosh805 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      why?

  6. therealgrande - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Giannis has the dopest twitter game.

  7. benjamintko - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    reminds me of KD without the jump-shot.

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