Thanasis Antetokounmpo: 2014 NBA Draft Scouting Report

Posted: January 22, 2014 by John Adair in 2014 NBA Draft
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 Thanasis AntetokounmpoThanasis Antetokounmpo

  • Small Forward – Delaware 87ers
  • Born: July 17, 1992 (21 years old)
  • From: Greece
  • 6-foot-7, 215 lbs
  • NBA D-League Stats: 11.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.2 BPG, 1 SPG, .418 FG%

Athleticism/Size

  • At 6-foot-7 and 215 lbs, Antetokounmpo has great size and length for a wing in the NBA.
  • Has an incredibly quick first step.
  • Explosive leaper; gets off the ground quickly
  • Good body control
  • Dangerous in transition
  • Potential to be a slasher at the next level

Upside on Defense

  • Length and athleticism alone give him the potential to be a lockdown perimeter defender
  • Lateral quickness to cover ground quickly
  • Bothers shots with his length
  • Makes plays on defense (steals, blocks, etc.)

Hustle Plays

  • Makes a lot of plays that don’t show up in the box score
  • Not afraid to get on the floor
  • Keeps plays alive with his length on the offensive glass
  • Pressures ball with great intensity and denies the ball with energy on the wing

While you can clearly see the things that make Thanasis, younger brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo, an attractive prospect in the video above, there is a lot of work that needs to be done on his end before he is an effective player at the NBA level.

Shooting Struggles

  • When mechanics are correct, he is a capable jump shooter
  • Mechanics are too inconsistent
  • Elevates well but has a tendency to shoot on the way down; change release points
  • Not always balanced; will drift left or right
  • Shoots below 30% from 3-point range

Extremely Raw

  • Still learning to play at a high level; doesn’t have a great basketball IQ yet
  • Bad shot selection; relies on jumpers instead of using athleticism
  • Loose handle at times; turnover prone
  • Struggles to be creative; isn’t efficient in isolation or pick-and-roll
  • Rarely shoots and struggles to shoot off the dribble
  • Loses focus defensively too often; loses his man frequently
  • Comes up out of his defensive stance; gets beat more often than he should

This scouting report was prepared by John Adair. For more scouting reports and other basketball coverage, follow John on Twitter @JAdairFS. If you have any requests, suggestions, or anything that you would like to see, email John at jadair@basketballneversleeps.com.

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