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2012-13 College Scouting Report
I'm not sure this is a strength or just a general observation, but the Greek Freak has flashed more upside than arguably any rookie in the class.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has a scary blend of size, athleticism, length and ball skills. At 6'9", he can handle the rock or fly in the open floor, which is where he's at his best.
He's one of those athletes capable of making plays that few are capable of making. Thanks to his length and hops, Antetokounmpo is finishing 59 percent of his shots at the rim, an impressive number for a kid who spent last season playing in tiny gyms in Greece's second division.
"When you go on the court for the first time and play, you realize, OK, you can play in this league," Antetokounmpo told Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated. "I walked in the arena, it was so big, I don't remember being in so big arena (sic)."
Antetokounmpo is also shooting 33 percent from downtown, and though it's nothing special, it's a sign of promise.
Defensively, once he learns the game, he has endless potential. Antetokounmpo offers a unique versatility on both sides of the ball that's tough to find.
Antetokounmpo still has to figure out how to score in the half court, as he's often seen standing around the perimeter with nothing to do. He can beat his man with a line drive to the rack in space, but that's not a position in which he often finds himself.
He'll have to develop an in-between game off the dribble and make more use of the mid-range, where he's only taken 10 shots all season.
Clearly just learning the game, Antetokounmpo's weaknesses are mostly a result of being young and extra raw.
Based on upside alone, you could argue Antetokounmpo would be a top-three pick in a 2013 re-draft. He has monstrous potential, and though he's years from reaching it, I'd want him on my team when he does.