“Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo has quickly become one of the most exciting players in the NBA because he’s basically Inspector Gadget in a Bucks uniform and does stuff like this on the reg:
Now Bucks head coach Jason Kidd has announced that a 6’11”, Tim Duncan-sized point guard will be a thing that continues heading into next season for the Bucks:
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the team's point guard heading into next season.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) March 29, 2016
Since being assigned point guard duties by head coach Jason Kidd following the season-ending injury to Michael Carter-Williams, Point Giannis has been averaging an absurd 19.8 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 7.8 assists per game. With that being said, he still can’t really shoot at all from long range as his three-point percentage sits at 19.8% and he’s going to need an effective jump shot so defenders are forced to respect his game outside the paint. He’s still only 21 years old though so the growth potential is absolutely enormous.
A year after claiming the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks have taken a major step back with a 30-44 record despite high expectations. The max contract signing of Greg Monroe this off-season has predictably turned out to be a disaster as the Rudy Gay All-Star (“stats” players consistently on losing teams) has never played on a winning NBA team despite some lofty statistics.
The future is bright for the Bucks though as Jabari Parker and the “Greek Freak” appear slated to be quite the formidable duo for years to come with Khris Middleton providing plenty of support. It’s tough to tell if a move like this will translate into actual winning basketball in Milwaukee as the Bucks need a whole lot of help defensively, specifically in the paint with Monroe proving to be a defensive liability. Regardless of how much winning actually goes on in Milwaukee, Point Giannis gives NBA fans an actual reason to acknowledge the Bucks’ existence for the first time since the days of Ray Allen.
Giannis is the exact reason why players like Anthony Randolph and Tyrus Thomas get taken with lottery picks. He’s the spitting image of what teams drafting players based on pure athleticism and freakish attributes hope for. None of those guys could have played any semblance of point guard in the NBA though. Giannis is truly a specimen unlike we’ve ever seen in the NBA as he dwarfs the 6’9″ Magic Johnson as the tallest point guard ever, especially when you throw in the 7’3″ wingspan that Giannis features.
This will be fun to watch.