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Report: Knicks to stash Thanasis Antetokounmpo in Europe next season

Jul 8, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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The Knicks selected Thanasis Antetokounmpo with the 51st pick in this summer’s draft, and the 21-year-old brother of Bucks sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo appears to have an NBA-ready skill set, at least on the defensive end of the floor.

But New York is going to take its time in developing this particular prospect, and will reportedly stash him in Europe for the upcoming season.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Greece’s Thanasis Antetokounmpo will be able to show his skills when the Knicks open their Las Vegas Summer League schedule Friday, but The Post has learned it will be the last American venue for their second-round selection for a while.

According to source close to the defensive specialist, the Knicks drafted him with plans of stashing him in Europe for one season, even if he has a solid summer league showing. The Knicks have their first summer-league practice Tuesday in Las Vegas. Antetokounmpo was selected by the Knicks with the 51st pick, which they acquired as part of the Mavericks trade that sent Tyson Chandler to Dallas.

There’s always a bit of a risk with not locking up these European prospects to NBA deals immediately, because many of them choose to stay overseas for extended periods that are longer than what the NBA team was initially led to believe was the plan.

With Giannis being in the states and already thriving in Milwaukee, that’s mitigated here to a strong degree. But it seems as though Knicks fans will have to get their fill of Thanasis during Summer League, enough to last them for at least the duration of the upcoming season.

  1. chiadam - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    ..where he will busily collect more vowels for his name.

  2. sonnysuave - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Brothers that grow up hoopin together… one will be good, the other will suck. Examples? Blake Griffin & Taylor Griffin. How about Horace Grant & Harvey Grant. Or even Brent Barry & Jon Barry… wait a sec! They both suck. There goes that theory!

    • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      You could say both of the Collins twins suck…

    • mackcarrington - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Lopez brothers.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      All those brothers, and the set in the article, also had wildly different natural physical attributes, despite having the same parents. Taylor and Blake are completely different in build, skill, athleticism, for example. All the Barrys were completely different types of players and had different roles and positions.

      Of course, what I’m saying doesn’t usually apply as much to the twins. Though 2 inches can make a big difference when you are trying to play the 4 or 5 in the NBA. A 6’10 dude is much more likely to have a position than a 6’8 “big.” Harvey Grant had pretty decent numbers at his peak, btw.

  3. mogogo1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    It’s going to take a whole season to figure out how to get his last name sewn onto a jersey. Does the NBA allow for abbreviations?

  4. bobbybouche305 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Maybe they can stash Amari,Kenyon,Lamar,JR. Smith too?????

  5. enigma2742 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:33 AM


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