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Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 205
  • Birthdate: 07/17/1992
  • Club/Team: Delaware 87ers (NBA D-League)
Round 2: Pick 51
Drafted By: New York Knicks 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths:

  • Very long (7'2") and athletic
  • Has ability to play both forward positions
  • Strong defender with length and quick feet.
  • Excels in transition, good finisher
  • More of a slasher but can hit the 15-footer
  • Does the little things well. Runs the floor, moves well without the ball

 

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks strength to guard strong wings
  • Needs more consistency and range on his shot
  • Probably doesn't have the physique to add much weight
  • Needs to improve his ball-handling

 

NBA Projection:

He has the ability to be a high-energy player off the bench relatively soon. He can come in and play good defense, run the floor and make the most of his athleticism. Look for his name to be selected in the early-to-mid second round. 

 

2013-2014 Season:

His offensive game improved as the season progressed and played his best in the last part of the season. He scored over 20 points in five of his last 10 games and just missed a triple-double with a 14-point, 10-assist, nine-rebound performance against Springfield.

 

Key Statistics:

12.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 28.8 mpg, .572 2PT, .309 3PT, .663 FT (D-League)

 

Cool Statistic:

He came on strong at the end of the season, scoring in double-figures in all of the last 10 games while averaging 18.5 points.

 

Reminds Me Of:

Tony Allen

 

What Insiders say:

Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball

"Thanasis impressed me at the NBA Combine with his athleticism. To start his career he can be a very solid wing defender. He plays defense with a high level of intensity, similar to Patrick Beverley. His offense will likely come in time, but until then he'll do most of his damage in transition. His outside shooting does look improved and he has the work ethic to continue improving in that area".

 

Luka Bassin, Assistant Coach, Union Olimpija (Slovenia)

"Definitely worth a second-round pick. Maybe not so talented as his brother is but has some offensive tools to be successful in the NBA. In my opinion he is a better shooter than his brother and can run very well in transition. Playing in the NBDL also gave him some experience and will be easier for him to adapt to the NBA."  

 

Sam Meyerkopf, Euroleague Adventures

"Watching Thanasis at the D-League Showcase this year, he really did seem like a smaller version of his brother Giannis.  Thanasis is 6-7 and not quite as long as Giannis, but he still looks the part of someone who can really stand out on the defensive end and thrive in transition.  He still needs to find a role in the half-court offense but if he’s as quick a learner as his brother it’s probably worth taking the risk on him.

 

David Aldridge's Big Board 2014: Small Forwards | Rank: No. 10
TNT Analyst David Aldridge breaks down the top prospects at each position
More intriguing to NBA types is NBA D-League product Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who plays for the 76ers' affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. Before I have to type that name again, he's the older brother of Giannis, the Bucks' first-round pick. (There are two more basketball playing brothers in the family; I will wait until they're old enough to be Draft eligible before putting my fingers through that trauma again.)

 


Thanasis Antetokounmpo played for Filathlitikos in Greece before coming to the States, where he was taken in the D-League Draft last year by Delaware. He played 29 minutes a night for Delaware, averaging 12 ppg. He is eligible for the NBA Draft this year; if he isn't taken, he'd become a free agent, able to sign with any team. More>>

 

 

-- Carl Berman and Chris Denker are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."  You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter here, or follow Chris and Carl.