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Giannis Antetokounmpo could become 6-foot-11 point guard

Jul 18, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has a rare skillset for a 6-foot-9 player.

Considering Antetokounmpo is now 6-foot-11, his skillset is even rarer for his size.

Of course, the Bucks’ 2013 first-round pick is still harnessing his raw talent. That’s understandable for someone who’s just 19.

But new Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd has a very creative idea for making the most of Antetokounmpo’s skills.

Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com:

Bucks coach Jason Kidd was asked about the point forward.

“The what?” Kidd responded, hearing the question just fine about Giannis Antetokounmpo handling the ball a lot more but not liking the position description.

OK. The point guard.

“Thank you,” Kidd said.

“With the group we have right now, with B-Knight and Giannis, we have additional playmakers and when we have that on the floor, it makes the game easy. We’ll see how the roster shakes out, but we’re not afraid to play him at the point, as you see.”

Depending on the offensive scheme, there might be only minor differences between a point forward and a point guard, but putting the ball in Antetokounmpo’s hands that much says something about Kidd’s confidence in him.

Antetokounmpo would tower over other projected starting point guards:

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The Bucks might not be good next season, but Kidd continues to make them interesting.

  1. edavidberg - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    He does have some handles. On that dunk the other night he looked like KD.

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Does this kid have a nickname? Can’t fathom how you pronounce his name.

      • theripster30 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Yes he does have a nickname. I figured it was somewhat common knowledge for many NBA fans, especially those who visit NBA websites in July, but I’ll tell you anyways. He is known as the Greek Freak.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Thanks for clearing that up.

        Now go back to dealing with your menstrual cycle.

  2. tigers182 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    You know who also has a rare skill set? Liam Neeson. Skills He has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for people like you.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      well played

    • limonadamas - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      That’s awesome… hahaha

  3. csbanter - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Jason Kidd is best PG on the Bucks

  4. antistratfordian - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Just keep the turnovers down. If he can do that, he’ll be fine.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      yea thats my problem. Watching him in summer league, he is a playmaker, but he makes a lot of turnovers.

      I think they are trying to create space for him and Jabari to play together.

      • fanofthegame1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        He can play any position, one in the starting 5 is likely. I’d say SG or SF and play Jabari at the 4.

  5. spursareold - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Kidd getting salty over point forward designation. That reporter retracted WAY too quickly. That term has been in the lexicon for over 30 years, since Nellie was in MILWAUKEE. Who the F is Kidd to diss on a HOF coach and his terminology?

    • redbaronx - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      @spursareold – Kidd pretty much gets salty about everything. I predict he’ll be fired in Milwaukee by his second year. He’ll only last that long because his friend is in upper management, so it’ll take some time for Kidd to destroy that relationship.

      • garlandchapko - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        his “friend” is the owner, if he even has a decent season he will be there a couple years.

      • redbaronx - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        @garlandchapko – They may be friends now, but wait until Kidd starts blaming everything on upper management. He’s always pointing fingers, so the way I see it, it’s just a matter of time before he rubs someone the wrong way. If you look at Kidd’s history, domestic violence, scuffles with teammates, conflicts while in NJ, etc., you get the picture of someone that doesn’t deal with other people very well. So even if he’s friends with what’s his face now in Bucks ownership, I’d bet that the honeymoon will be over within a year. I don’t expect Kidd to last long in coaching.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      well, to be fair to Kidd, he had 6 or 7 drinks in him by that time he said that

      lotta beer in Milwaukee

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Not to nitpick, but that graph is way off, some of these guys are listed at 6’1″-6’3″ and are only 6′ flat with sneakers. But the point being, if the Bucks aren’t expected to be good, why not experiment with the roster and potentially dig up some gold?

    • mogogo1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      I thought the whole idea of hiring Kidd was that they would be good. If not instantly, then very shortly. I do anticipate a lot of humor as Kidd tries to shift blame. He’ll find that hard to do as the guy in charge.

    • sumkat - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Happens all the time.

      AI, for example, spent almost his entire career listed at 5’11 or 6’0. I meant the guy dozens of times in person, and he is not as tall as me (I’m 5’11). Don’t know why guys feel the need to nudge their measurements upward, it’s not like we can’t see how big you are standing next to another guy

      • rich6812 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        The teams typically nudge up player heights.

  7. 4thquartermagic - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    The size mismatch could be an interesting problem for other teams.

    Putting Ty Lawson on him for example, would be a ridiculous mismatch.

    • amlowlife - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Then again, the Greek Freak couldn’t keep up with Ty Lawson on a fast break (not many can). Of course, they wouldn’t guard each other but it’s fun to imagine it.

  8. cbking05 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Yeah … great promotion ….i bet this advertisement will surely bring the Bucks fans out.

  9. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    The size problem is only an issue if he can get the ball out of the back court. If CP3 or a revitalized Rondo are on this guy from the time he gets the inbound THAT might be entertaining

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      It would also be entertaining to watch those guys be too tired to finish the game after playing full court press the whole game

  10. 88heatnation - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Bucks will be fun to watch next season, especially with Kidd at the head coach.

  11. sumkat - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Can he do it? Maybe, but doubtful, even with the fact that he has great handles for a guy his size, it’s for a guy his size. He’s be a menace on defense if he can keep up with the smaller guys, and he’d be able to see over most defenders. But I just don’t see how a guy that big is going to keep from getting the ball taken from him 7-8 times a game just because defenders can get under him.

    Either way, I think they are better off letting him focus on one position, whatever that position is. Let him learn that and feel fully comfortable with it before you start trying to mix and match him at different spots. He has the skill set to do it, but let him get the experience under his belt before you try to put the team on his shoulders

  12. unxpexted1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    If anything this just shows how bad Brandon Knight is

  13. caeser12 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Jason Kidd is going to Quinn Buckner this team.

    Good luck Milwaukee.

  14. zinger92 - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Thumbs down if you hate Jason Kidd.

  15. noleitup - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    This kid is gonna make a lot of money. I’ve been watching summer league to see Wiggins, Parker, Noel and a handful of other players and this guy had stood out the most to me.

  16. campcouch - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    A lot of players have come to the NBA “raw”, and a lot of them stayed that way their entire careers. Highlight reels don’t mean much without production. The Bucks could have given him serious time last year but didn’t, even in a lost season. Hocus pocus with trues,PERs and whatever else, until I see him improve over what he did last year,and not against D-league,rookie and rotation players, I’m not heaping praise. Him running the point sounds great in a video game, but versus starter level NBA points? No sir, 6’11 guys should be used as forwards and centers, not wasting time on the perimeter chasing guards.

    • fanofthegame1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      He was 6’8″ when drafted. Who knew? He came over at a very young age and was producing. That almost never happens. He was learning to live here too. IMO guy was steal of last draft.

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