Bucks pick Antetokounmpo in NBA Draft
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks, needing an infusion of young talent, chose Giannis Antetokounmpo from Greece with the 15th pick of the NBA Draft Thursday.
He's a 6' 9", 215 lb. forward, reportedly the youngest player in the draft.
Ricky Ledo, a guard out of Providence, became the second round pick at No. 43, but was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers with a future pick for South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters.
A number of questions came Thursday night after the first round pick, and not the usual ones on draft night.
1) How do you spell his name?
Two different spellings came Thursday.
The NBA said it was Adetokunbo, at first.
However, the Bucks say it is Antetokounmpo.
2) How do you pronounce his name?
3) Why did the Bucks pick him?
When asked if he was surprised Milwaukee picked him, he said one of the few coments he could without an interpreter, "No."
He later said he would make the pick worth it for Milwaukee.
Many in the Milwaukee basketball community were surprised, including 620WTMJ's "Voice of the Bucks."
#Bucksdraft. Have never seen Gianni's Antetokounmpo play. That's what I know. He is from Filathlitkos, Greece.— Ted Davis (@nbated) June 28, 2013
However, the TV voice of the Bucks claimed the team knew about him all along.
John Hammond says Bucks tracked Antentokounmpo and thought they had a chance to get him at 15. "Sky is the limit" is the GM's assessment.— Jim Paschke (@Paschketball) June 28, 2013
Antetokounmpo averaged 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Filathlitikos in Greece's second division.
"This young man did not leave the country of Greece until three weeks ago when he played at a tournament in Italy," said ESPN's Fran Fraschilla during draft coverage.
"I like the pick. Unfortunately, for Milwaukee, that's a reset button. They're rebuilding," said ESPN's Bill Simmons.
Entering the draft, the Bucks knew the need was great because of the possible departures of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
There were even reports of Jennings possibly being dealt in a sign-and-trade.
The Bucks had a number of choices available to them.
Interesting choices for #Bucks: PGs Dennis Schroeder, Shane Larkin; SF Sergey Karasev, SGs Jamaal Franklin, Allen Crabbe, Glen Rice Jr..— Tom Oates (@TomOatesWSJ) June 28, 2013
But before the Bucks could get to their pick, the Utah Jazz swept in for the pick before the Bucks, to apparently serve the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Utah is sending the 14th and 21st pick to Minnesota for Trey Burke, the 9th overall pick, league sources say.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2013
Just two picks beforehand, Boston swept in for the 13th pick.
Boston has traded for the 13th pick from Dallas, source tells Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013