Fantasy Basketball: Remember the Name Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a fantasy darling in 2014.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a fantasy darling in 2014.Gary Dineen/Getty Images
John OtanoContributor IIIJanuary 1, 2014


In 1964, a Disney fantasy musical film captivated audiences while introducing the world to a multi-syllable word describing the outrageous: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.


In 2014, the fantasy basketball world will be revealed to another outrageous-sounding array of syllables: Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was listed as 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds on draft day. According to Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times, Antetokounmpo claimed he’s grown to 6-foot-10 and doctors have informed Bucks’ officials that Antetokounmpo could grow to be a 7-footer.

There are many things to love about Antetokounmpo’s raw game. He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan to go along with massive hands which should equate to elevated block totals for a guard/forward eligible player. He’s shooting 58.82 percent inside the restricted area and has the propensity to stretch his game beyond the three-point arc. In his last six games, he's averaging 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 blocks and one steal per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's shot chart.
Giannis Antetokounmpo's shot

His inherent value will continue to rise so long as he remains in the starting lineup. The Bucks have the worst record in the NBA and have their eyes glazing dizzily at the 2014 NBA Draft Class. It's safe to assume they will allow Antetokounmpo to develop his game while the Bucks continue to tank for the rest of the season.

Antetokounmpo is a rare physical talent who should be owned in all standard leagues. Fantasy owners should temper expectations as he adjusts to playing in the NBA, but his upside is just too high to be left on the waiver wire. 

He’s currently owned in just 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Make the add and sing along: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

You can follow John Otano on Twitter @MisterOtano.

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