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'Greek Freak' Headlines All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge Lineup

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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2014

All-Star weekend just got a whole lot freakier.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian WojnarowskiGiannis Antetokounmpo, who will already take part in the Rising Stars Challenge, will headline the NBA All-Star Weekend's Skills Challenge as well.

For those who haven't watched him extensively—and I know you're out there; he plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, after all—Woj provides a nice breakdown on why he was picked for this event:

Known as the 'Greek Freak,' the 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo, 19, has been dazzling this season. His abundance of skill and earnest personality have already made him one of the league's fan favorites. Many league executives and coaches believe he could turn out to be the best player out of the 2013 draft. He was born and raised in Greece before joining the Bucks this season.

Antetokounmpo is one of the few bright spots Milwaukee has had this season. It has been mostly doom and gloom for the league-worst Bucks, who have only nine victories. 

Drafting Antetokounmpo was the best decision they made. The kid is huge. With a 7'3" wingspan, per NBA.com, he can wrap his arms around most yachts and clean gutters while sitting down.

For the season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 7.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24.1 minutes per game. Given his versatility, this selection was a no-brainer. There isn't much the super-lanky Antetokounmpo cannot do.

At the same time, it's slightly atypical of the NBA.

The Skills Challenge is usually reserved for point guards and general playmakers. If Antetokounmpo wins, he would actually be the first non-point guard to take home the victory since the contest's 2003 debut.

While certainly a capable passer and ball-handler, Antetokounmpo towers over last year's champion, the 6'3" Damian Lillard. It will be interesting to see if he can keep pace with players of similar ilk.

I actually move the structure of this event be changed to reflect Antetokounmpo's inclusion.

Make participants rescue kittens or small children from the top of the backboard without using a ladder. Ask that they hug 25 people at once. 

See who comes closest to duplicating the final dunk from Space Jam.

"I don't have to worry about nothing anymore," Antetokounmpo said of his life now, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner. "Not what I'm going to eat. Nothing. Or what I'm going to wear. Nothing."

All he really has to worry about now is navigating the sea of reporters and fans that will follow him to the Skills Challenge and beyond.

 

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