Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo Has Grown Nearly 2 Inches Since 2013 NBA Draft
The Greek Freak continues to amaze.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was 6'9" when he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA draft. We quickly found out that he has enormous hands to go with his long body. However, he has gotten even bigger since he was drafted.
Bucks general manager John Hammond shared an interesting detail about the 19-year-old phenom in a pre-draft interview with the Journal Sentinel's Matt Velazquez:
[Velazquez] Have you had discussions about how players' positions may change based on No. 2 pick?
[Hammond] We've talked about that. I think, once again, that these guys are multiple-position guys helps that discussion. For that matter, I think Giannis is going to be a multiple-position player some day. He came last September he was 6-9, 190 (lbs.) and today he's almost 6-11, 217 pounds. I think Giannis is a guy that is going to be able to play, at his size, he's going to be able to play some small forward and he's going to play some power forward some day.
That's right, the teenager grew about two inches during his rookie season. Size is something that a coach can't teach, and Milwaukee now has a player on its roster bordering on 6'11" who used to play point guard in Greece.
One thing is certain: With the No. 2 pick in 2014 and Antetokounmpo brimming with potential, the Bucks will be hard-pressed not to eclipse last year's 15-67 record.