At 3-14, the Milwaukee Bucks have the worst record in the NBA. It’s certainly not where owner Herb Kohl, general manager John Hammond, the players or the fans expected to be through the first 17 games of the season. The reality is the Bucks will be a lottery team in 2014. The good news is there is at least one reason for fans in Milwaukee to be happy and his name is Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The rookie has shown plenty of potential in just 11 games this season. Sure, he is only averaging 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest. However, he has flashed signs of greatness, such as when he blocked a shot on one end of the court and raced down to the other end for the slam-dunk in a win against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 30. That right there is enough for fans to be very excited for what the future holds.
“He’s 6-9 and 18 years old and, where his skill level is right now, you just don’t see that much,” Bucks head coach Larry Drew said, according to the Journal Times. “He does some intriguing things when he’s out on the floor. We just have to continue to develop him. We have to continue to allow him to grow.”
Another reason for fans to be optimistic is the fact that Antetokounmpo is not done growing. The 18-year-old grew one inch since the Bucks drafted him in June, which means he is now 6’10”. Doctors have told the organization that his growth plate is still open so Milwaukee can expect Antetokounmpo to reach 7’0”.
If Antetokounmpo can keep his athleticism where it is while he grows a couple more inches, the sky will definitely be the limit for him. In fact, don’t be surprised if his name is up there with the best of them in a few years.