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Knicks refutes Giannis Antetokounmpo’s non-scouting pre-draft claim

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo is dominating the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks power forward has been phenomenal in every way this season, earning his third consecutive All-Star selection.

He and Rockets star James Harden are neck-and-neck in the league MVP race.

An upcoming TNT documentary on Antetokounmpo will describe the lengthy process that went into scouting and discovering the European star.

But in a preview clip, it was noted that only one NBA team did not scout Antetokounmpo – the New York Knicks.

Knicks fans were, understandably, unhappy. Antetokounmpo is one of the game’s brightest stars, and fans were frustrated that their team seemingly didn’t even give him a chance.

However, on Thursday evening, Knicks officials rejected this claim. According to Chris Iseman of northjersey.com:

The Knicks could certainly use a star like Antetokounmpo. Entering play on Thursday, New York owned the worst record in all of basketball at 10-47. They had lost a whopping 18 games in a row, their last win coming on January 4 against the Lakers.

Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo has been fantastic. The 24-year-old is averaging 27.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 58.1%. He is leading the NBA in Defensive Rating (97.8) and Win Shares (10.6). The Bucks have Antetokounmpo under contract through the 2020-21 season, after which he will hit free agency.

Antetokounmpo has led the Bucks to the top of the league. At 43-16, they lead the Eastern Conference with the best record in the NBA.

According to ESPN’s BPI Playoff Odds, they have the game’s best chance of winning the championship at 37.5%.