Raise your hand if you can name a 6-foot-10 point guard.
That’s right. There isn’t one! The prototypical “big” point guard in NBA history is Magic Johnson, and he was (generously) listed at 6-foot-9, even playing out of position at times other places.
Now, allow me to introduce Giannis Antetokoumpo. He is 18 years old, has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and hails from Greece, but is of Nigerian descent. Most importantly? He’s a 6-foot-10 point guard. Obviously, the majority of people on this planet have never seen him play, but that hasn’t stopped NBA GM’s like Danny Ainge (Celtics), Daryl Morey (Rockets), and Sam Presti (Thunder) from making trips to Athens to scout this potential phenom.
According to Chris Sheridan (of SheridanHoops.com), Antetokoumpo recently put up a ridiculous 33-point, 18-rebound, 5-assist, 4-steal stat line in leading his junior club into their league finals. In the finals, and in front of Ainge, he dropped 19 points and added nine rebounds
What does this all mean? Well, for starters, he has already made his way into several mock drafts as a potential late 1st-round pick, and he is shooting up draft boards like few prospects we’ve ever seen. If there is legitimacy to his ball-handling, play-making skills at that height, he is obviously a huge prospect, and NBA interest will increase if anything. One important note is that he already has a four-year deal in Greece, but that NBA execs are reporting that he has a very manageable buyout clause and wouldn’t be a barrier to drafting him.
If you are Danny Ferry, this is simply a due diligence trip to Athens, but with the Hawks possessing two mid-to-late 1st round picks, they could potentially afford to go for the grand slam (not just a home run) pick here, and if Ferry likes what he sees, it could be a potential fit.
Remember, 6-foot-10 point guards don’t exactly grow on trees.
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