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Kostas Antetokounmpo: More Than Just a Name

The surname Antetokounmpo is as famous as it gets in the modern NBA. With reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo being the leader of the pack, along with Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who both play for the Milwaukee Bucks. 

Kostas’ Professional Journey:

Kostas is the 3rd basketball brother in the family, and the youngest. Being selected with the final pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, he signed a two-way contract for his debut season in the professional ranks. 

Despite being available for 45 days call-up time, Antetokounmpo spent the majority of his time in the G League for the Texas Legends. Only featuring in 2 contests for the Mavericks, averaging 1 point and 1 steal, in 5.5 minutes per game. 

This led to him being waived in the summer of 2019, and ultimately being picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers, who signed him to a two-way deal. Many have speculated that this could be a way of the Lakers getting close to and making a connection with the Antetokounmpo family ahead of Giannis’ free-agency in 2021. 

Los Angeles/South Bay Lakers:

Kostas Antetokounmpo has featured in 3 NBA games for the Lakers, averaging 1.7 minutes per game in the latter stages. But in the G League he has been proving that there’s more to him than just his surname. 

Standing at 6-foot-10, with a huge 7-foot-2 wingspan, the forward is averaging 14.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.3 blocks, through 38 contests. All in circa 25 minutes per game. Practically all of his numbers are up on last season.

Antetokounmpo has proven to be a versatile acquisition for South Bay this season, playing primarily through the center position. Despite being listed as a forward. 

His 14.1 points have been scored on an impressive 62.3% shooting and on just 8.5 shot attempts. The majority of his offensive prowess has been done in the paint, as the roller in pick-and-roll situations. As well as through fast-break opportunities. 

His size and length, along with his speed and agility proves him to be practically unstoppable around the rim. On both ends of the ball. Defensively, his wiry frame proves a nuisance for opponents, resulting in regular deflections, steals, and blocks. 

Antetokounmpo was starting to heat up prior to the COVID-19 suspension also. In his last 5 contests, he was posting averages of 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block, on an incredible 79.1% conversion rate from the field. 

To date he holds a 20.8% usage rate and equates to 31.9% of South Bay’s rebounding totals. In addition, his blocks equal 53.7%. 

Kostas Antetokounmpo’s impact is clear to see, and it appears that his development is heading in the right direction. He’s certainly a project to keep an eye on moving forward.


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