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Draft Prospect Profile: Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Editor's Note: The Knicks acquired two draft picks in Wednesday's trade with Dallas -- Nos. 34 and 51 in Thursday's Draft. We've been breaking down some potential options, which you can find here. Below is just one of the many promising prospects New York could consider:
Thanasis Antetokounmpo SF
21 years old
Weight: 205 lbs.
12.0 PPG | 46.9 FG% | 30.9 3P% | 66.3 FT%
The brother of breakout Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis hopes to hear his own name called on Thursday night after playing last season for the 76ers’ D-League affiliate, the Delaware Sevens. Also a wing player but two years older and at least four inches shorter than Giannis, Thanasis is an impressive athlete in his own right with some projection as an NBA player as he develops.
After a year of high-quality coaching and NBA exposure, Thanasis’ decision to play in the D-League rather than in Greece last season seems to have helped his draft stock. He’s still raw as a prospect, but thanks to his athleticism and instincts, his performance stacked up against many of the small forwards in DraftExpress’ top 100 prospects: his D-League numbers ranked 4th in block rate, 5th in steal rate and 4th in assist rate among the group.
He was a below-average rebounder for his position and turnover-prone last season, but you can dream on his potential; given his bloodlines, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him develop into an attacking wing who can move the ball, finish at the rim and defend like crazy in the right system.