Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo grew up watching highlights of Allen Iverson
Antetokounmpo says he would walk to a local cafe and pay to use a computer just so he could watch highlights of Iverson.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 16, 2019
A lot of the younger guys in the NBA right now grew up idolizing Allen Iverson. He was the first of his kind; a small guard who was reckless with his drives to the hoop and an electric scorer.
Antetokounmpo is a lot bigger than Iverson, but he has guard-like skills like AI. The Greek Freak is a terror on the fast break, can get to the basket and finish whenever he wants and has developed a nice crossover as well, although it’s not as lethal as Iverson’s.
Like Iverson was during his prime, Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the NBA right now. He’s averaging 27.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game this season for the Bucks while shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 71.7 percent from the free-throw line.
It’s always fascinating to learn who players grew up watching and pattering their game from. No one thought Giannis would become a superstar when he was drafted with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 Draft. But maybe if we knew he was an Iverson fan growing up, that would have changed things.