Back in March 2013, I stumbled upon some grainy footage of a raw 6’9 Do-Everything basketball phenom plying his trade in empty gyms in Greece. Something about Giannis Antetokounmpo caught my eyes right then and there. I grew up idolizing Magic, Penny and LeBron. However, Giannis just looked different. He was extremely long, covered an immense amount of ground with those gazelle-like strides, yet he still seemed so raw. Like there were more levels to which he could take his game. Little did I know back then that my assumptions would soon be confirmed. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a real life Monstar, a created player of sorts. It is simply unfair to think of a guy who realistically can guard all 5 positions on the floor with ease. Speak about someone who’s been thoroughly blessed by the basketball gods.
Since being drafted with the 15th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been used in a myriad of ways. This past season, former Point God Jason Kidd (Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks) figured out a more direct way to get the most out of his basketball version of a 5-tool player. Kidd moved Antetokounmpo to the Point. The results were simply amazing, 5 triple Doubles, stellar play at both ends, and long nights for opposing scouts trying to figure out how they can possibly curtail the “Greek Freak”. Giannis turned out a career year individually, but the Bucks regressed as a team. If Magic Johnson was scary at 6’9; know that Giannis is 6’11 with a 7’3 wingspan… That is not a typo. Add that to his speed and quickness, Giannis may very well be the most physically skilled player to ever line up at the Point Guard. If he can find ways to be more effective shooting the ball, the Association is surely in trouble for years to come. Rumors have also begun circulating that Antetokounmpo and LeBron James may be working out together sometime in the foreseeable future. Although the sample size of Giannis at Point Guard may have been small, it makes absolute sense for Jason Kidd to start Giannis at the point next season regardless of how Michael Carter Williams’ body is holding up. The experiment bore plenty of fruit for Giannis and his teammates.