29 teams scouted Giannis Antetokounmpo in Greece, Knicks only team that didn’t
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has entered the pantheon of the NBA’s elite this season, averaging 27.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game entering play Wednesday. On Sunday, he’ll captain one of the two All-Star teams, while remaining a legitimate candidate to be named the league’s MVP during his age-24 campaign.
Sounds like the type of talent every team would want, right?
Well, it appears that everyone did want Giannis when he was still a youngster playing in Greece — everyone but the New York Knicks that is.
In an upcoming documentary on the man dubbed “The Greek Freak,” it’s revealed that when Antetokounmpo was still a raw prospect, 29 teams traveled to scout him. The 30th? They remained back in America.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has certainly developed into the MVP candidate he has become today. Milwaukee selected him with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, meaning multiple clubs had their chance at Giannis.
After he was named the league’s Most Improved Player and an All-Star for the first time in 2016-17, Antetokounmpo has been on the path to superstardom. He currently has the Bucks sitting with the best record in the league (42-14), all while bucking the trend of the modern NBA game that has become 3-point happy. Antetokounmpo is shooting just 22.7 percent from deep this year and is seventh in the league in scoring.
The Knicks? They enter Wednesday with the fewest wins in the league (10) while having traded their most recent All-Star in Kristaps Porzingis (who, like Antetokounmpo, is an international gem) in an attempt to jump-start their rebuild. Should they have sent a scout to Greece even though they selected 24th in the Draft the year he was selected? It seems all the more likely as Antetokounmpo prepares for his third straight postseason appearance.