Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond said that he would select the best player available with the No. 15 overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft, and that is exactly what he did. Shooting guard Giannis Adetokoubo is a great talent and someone who is going to do wonders for the organization for many years to come.
Adetokoubo is a very athletic player who is quick with terrific ball handling skills. Not to mention, at 6’9”, 205 pounds and an incredible 7’3” wingspan, his great size will certainly be a huge factor on the court. Video of him playing overseas makes him look like a man among boys in which he has a certain Magic Johnson swagger to him.
Considering the Bucks could use upgrades at both guard positions and small forward, drafting Adetokoubo makes even more sense because he is capable of playing multiple positions. In fact, do not be surprised to see him suit up at point guard in the near future if the Bucks watch Brandon Jennings walk.
Adetokoubo’s high basketball intelligence and outstanding instincts make him a factor no matter where he lines up. He is a great passer and has a decent jump shot. However, the best part about him might be the fact that he is only 18 years old. He has so much potential to become a great player and the sky is the limit to do so.
One of the biggest weaknesses is the competition Adetokoubo has faced overseas. He did not go up against decent collegiate players to prepare him for the intense competition he will face at the professional level. He may look like a superstar playing in Greece, but that does not necessarily mean it will transition well in the NBA. Another weakness is that if the Bucks do draft him, they will have to get him in the weight room as soon as possible in order to bulk him up. The good news is they have experience doing this with other players. Larry Sanders is one player in particular they had to do this with and it turned out well. Milwaukee has a terrific developmental program, which is why Hammond felt confident in selecting the youngster.
Bucks fans should be very excited with the draft pick because there is no doubt in my mind Adetokoubo has the most upside of any player in the 2013 draft class. He is going to light the court up when he eventually gets his chance to shine, which most likely will not happen this year depending on how Milwaukee’s roster shapes up.