A year after his younger brother Giannis stunningly rose up NBA Draft boards, Thanasis Antetokounmpo is attempting to follow the Greek Freak's footsteps to the next level. The older Antetokounmpo is projected as a second-round pick in June's 2014 NBA Draft after spending the 2013-14 season with the NBA Development League's Delaware 87ers.
From the Draft Combine to team workouts to Draft Day on June 26, follow Thanasis' journey to the NBA in his personal NBADLeague.com blog.
JUNE 4, 2014 -- THE FIRST STEPS
I've been preparing for the NBA Draft since the moment my NBA D-League season with the 87ers ended -- first staying with my brother and training in Milwaukee, and then working out in Washington D.C. with my trainer, Hanif Hill. The process has already been very exciting for me. All I have ever known is basketball and hard work, and now that I am so close to the NBA, I will keep working to make the most of the opportunity.
It was great to meet and play with some of the top players in this Draft at the Combine in Chicago [May 15-16]. I enjoyed the interviews with teams, as well.
The teams were extremely thorough with their questions, but I enjoyed speaking with them about how I would fit with their roster and my style of play. I realized that there is so much work that goes into a Draft pick, so I must continue to work hard for every team. Every time I speak to or play for a team, it is an opportunity to prove myself.
I've grown so much as a player from my season in Delaware and training in D.C. The Sevens had a true NBA system, so even as a rookie in the NBA, I will have knowledge of how to play in a fast-paced, NBA game. This is an advantage for me. I know that I will continue to develop my skills, but that I can always bring my motor, effort and attitude. That will never change.
I have worked a lot on my ball handling, pick-and-roll game and footwork. I also worked on my finishes at the rim, my three-point shot and my mid-range game. I was in the gym with my brother every day from 8 o'clock in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon.
Giannis' success in the NBA gives me great confidence because I know my brother the best and if he can work hard and grow as a player, I know that I can do the same. We are very similar people and our games translate well to the NBA level.
At this point in the process, I'm just waiting to see where my stock lies. I'm always positive; I always feel confident. Most of the teams I'm working out with haven't seen me yet, so they don't have a clear view of me. When they do see me, it'll hopefully make their choice easier.
Check back to NBADLeague.com before, during and after the 2014 NBA Draft for more on Thanasis' journey to the NBA.