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Knicks select Thanasis Antetokounmpo with No. 51 pick

With the No. 51 pick in the NBA Draft, the Knicks selected Thanasis Antetokounmpo from Greece.

He recently played in the NBA D-League.

He averaged 12 points and just over four rebounds per game for the Deleware 87ers in the D-League. His D-League numbers ranked fourth in block rate, fifth in steal rate and fourth in assist rate among small forwards, according to DraftExpress.

>> Find out what ESPN’s international basketball expert Fran Fraschilla thinks of Antetokounmpo

Antetokounmpo is the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

Let that name sink in a little. Start pronouncing it now, because he’s the type of player the Knicks will want to hold onto.

Antetokounmpo opted to play for the Delaware 87ers last season, and that’s where he truly began to explore what he could do playing professional ball in the states. The swingman is a well-balanced talent who can do a little bit of everything. He’s a solid defender, can rebound the ball, and has good hands to deflect balls away from defenders.

He can score the basketball too, but ironically enough, Antetokounmpo didn’t do all too much of that in the D-League. Such offensive prowess will become more prevalent as the youngster gains more confidence and develops his instincts even further. Hopefully the Knicks will be able to remain patient and provide him with the opportunity to thrive, because the potential to contribute in a number of ways is there.

Raw prospects need time before they can shine.

Sam Spiegelman

I hate the concept of drafting foreign players, because there’s always the risk of them not bothering to come over to the states.

With that being said, he sounds like a talented prospect that could certainly be a valuable rotation player. Scouts suggest he is a player comparable to his brother, which is a best-case scenario, and that could be awfully beneficial for the Knicks’ front court.

Harris Decker

This seems like a project guy for Phil and the Knicks. Antetokounmpo (did I get all those letters in there?) seems like a very, very raw talent. What concerns me are his D-league numbers which were not all that impressive. Still, Jackson and company must have seen something from the small forward.

Once again, this was Phil addressing a need. A team with no depth at forward added several on draft night.


Below are D-League highlights for Antetokounmpo:




25 comments
JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

NY just signed this guy Will Sheehey from U of Indiana on to summer team. Steve Novak 5.0 (jump shot, handle, & Athleticism) not a PG. But can create (not just a spot up shooter). Look at his You Tube highlights.

hashburry
hashburry

Offensive prowess.  Hilarious.  Whose gonna stop him once he hit MSG!  How'd they hide this guy!

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Hey Sam Spiegelman, Thanasis Antetokounmpo is already here playing in the NBADL so there's no fear of him not coming over to the States

tommy2b
tommy2b

This guy is terrible.  He'll make Shump and Timmy look like all-stars in comparison.  Remember this is Giannis' OLDER brother.

moeb
moeb

who is off this team and who stays on this team, and why.

1.calderon / prig / larkin

2.shump / smith / murry

3.thjr / early / ellington

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Woj: New York has acquired the 57th pick from Indiana, source tells Yahoo Sports

Marvel
Marvel

whats the next move ?


UDFA (young ?)


then..........

j_spikett
j_spikett

i thought he was going to draft that center from florida?

moeb
moeb

would the knicks still keep murry for a off the bench backcourt of early/murry. Would provide good defense. And who will be the odd man guards off this team.

Steven Bauer
Steven Bauer

Surprised they didn't get Cory Jefferson O.o Maybe will be signed undrafted for depth at PF position

barnaby87
barnaby87

Buy another 2nd for Jefferson or wait for UDFA's (Young might be there)

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@tommy2b  I wrote him off as soon as I heard he was his older brother as well. Hopefully he can be the El Duque to his brother's Livan though

moeb
moeb

we need to flip a couple of these young guards for a decent big man, hopefully a scoring big.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Woj The Knicks will select Louis Laberiye with the 57 pick