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2013 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Giannis Antetokoumpo




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2013 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Giannis Antetokoumpo


Position: Small Forward

Size: 6-9, 196

School: Greece, 1994


Strengths:
  • Possesses all the ideal physical tools
  • Length
  • Athleticism
  • Shot blocker
  • Handles the ball well for his size (point forward?)
  • Court vision
  • Ability to rebound and lead the break
  • Can smoothly knife through defenses off the bounce
  • Finishing at the rim
  • Can defend multiple positions
  • Loaded with potential




  • Weaknesses:
  • Hasn't played at a high level in Europe
  • Still very raw in his all-around development
  • Strength/physicality
  • Aggressiveness on the glass
  • Lacks real blow-by ability
  • Inconsistent outside shooter
  • Low release on his shot


  • Summary: Antetokuompo is perhaps the greatest mystery of the 2013 NBA Draft. He possesses all the physical tools and potential to be a very good NBA player due to his size, versatility, and room to grow. Antetokuompo likely won't contribute in the NBA anytime soon and figures to be a draft-and-stash guy who could possibly pay huge dividends down the road for a team willing to roll the dice. I wouldn't at all be surprised if he sneaks into the lottery, though the late teens/early twenties seem like a more realistic landing spot.

    Player Comparison: Evan Turner/Devin Ebanks mix. Since Antetokuompo is such a unique prospect, this is a tough one. Turner and Ebanks both were considered "point forward"-type prospects early in their careers due to their ability to handle the ball for their size and contribute in multiple different facets of the game. I think Turner sprinkled in with some Nicolas Batum is Antetokoumpo's ceiling while an Ebanks-type player is his basement.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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