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Bucks Roll The Dice...Now Can We Pronounce His Name

by Tom King

The Milwaukee Bucks have to get credit for thinking outside the box. Instead of trying to fill a position of need (guard) with players they weren't particularly thrilled with...they decided to think long-term in selecting  small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo from Greece. The 18 year old is known as the "Greek Freak" and despite playing a different position will probably be compared to Rickey Rubio who took years to arrive in the US. The "Freak" hadnt left Greece until just a few weeks ago when he played with the Greek National team and didnt  light it up playing with a second-division Greek team this past season. He averaged 9 1/2 points per game  and five rebounds and admits he hasnt played anywhere near the NBA level.

GM John Hammond would like him to learn at the NBA level and not go to the developmental league. New coach Larry Drew compares him to a young Kevin Durant. I would be happy if he turned into Toni Kukoc and not Yi Jianlian.