DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Dallas Mavericks
About Kostas Antetokounmpo
Kostas Antetokounmpo is a long, athletic forward who was ruled ineligible in his first year at Dayton, but carved out a niche off the Flyers bench as a redshirt freshman with his ability to make plays around the rim with his length. Born in Greece, but playing his last few years of high school in Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo emerged as a consensus top-100 prospect in the high school class of 2016. Averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in his one season of college basketball before declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft and attending the NBA Draft Combine.
Older brother, Giannis, was selected 15th overall in 2013 and is a rising NBA superstar. Another older brother, Thanasis, was selected 51st overall in 2014 and spent the 2017-2018 with Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague.
- Measured 6’10.5 in shoes with a tremendous 7’2.25 wingspan and a lean 195-pound frame prior to his freshman year last fall. Has impressive height and length, but will need to make significant strides adding muscle to his frame in the coming years to reach his physical potential. Long strider with impressive leaping ability. Could potentially play several roles depending on how his body and game evolve.
- Played a small role for the Flyers finishing as the team’s sixth leading scorer. Did his best work using his athleticism in catch and finish situations. Works well without the ball rolling to the rim, cutting, and crashing the offensive glass. Scored at a nice rate in the post though he remains unpolished as a back-to-the-basket threat. Spent some time out on the perimeter as well. Made some remarkable plays defensively, flashing intriguing long-term potential.
A prolific per-minute shot blocker able to make an impact on his physical tools alone. Quick enough off his feet to surprise would-be scorers when rotating from the weakside. Swatted some shots in very impressive fashion last season, but could be a more consistent factor off the ball. Has room to be more aggressive on the defensive glass. Allowed 0.903 points per Post Up possession[38th percentile] lacking a degree of strength and polish as a one-on-one defender inside. Has good feet defending the perimeter.