The Milwaukee Bucks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft because they believe he is a solid project that could pay off big down the road. There is no question the 18-year-old has huge upside and certainly has what it takes to become a superstar for many years to come. With that being said, will Antetokounmpo have any sort of immediate impact on the team in 2013-14?
“I want to become one of the best players, so…you have to elevate all aspects of your game,” Antetokounmpo said, according to Behind the Buck Pass.
Antetokounmpo has been working hard since he came to Milwaukee in order to show the coaching staff that he has what it takes to contribute right away. Obviously, the team loves the attitude and work ethic that he brings to the game of basketball. With that being said, the Bucks have a good idea of what they want their starting lineup to look like and it does not have Antetokounmpo in it.
With the acquisition of veteran small forward Caron Butler and shooting guard O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee has their starting minutes locked up at the two positions Antetokounmpo can suit up at. Not to mention, a healthy Carlos Delfino will back up Butler at small forward, and if he is unable to do so then Khris Middleton will fill in. Gary Neal, who was another solid player the Bucks landed in free agency, will be the backup shooting guard.
Obviously, if Antetokounmpo proves during training camp and the preseason that he has what it takes to be an asset for the team this year than the team will play him. However, as of right now, it appears his job is to continue progressing so that he can become the player everyone in Milwaukee is hoping to see.