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Kostas Antetokounmpo says a player defines himself, not his draft pick

Kostas Antetokounmpo, Mavs

The NBA Draft has brought plenty of surprises, and among them was its last selection — Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was drafted with the very last pick.

Originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and then traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Kostas, who posted a mere 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds as a freshman for the Dayton Flyers, will look to carve his path from being a relative unknown to eventual stardom, claiming his draft position won’t define his professional career.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re the No. 1 pick, or undrafted. You define your game, not your pick,” Kostas said assertively, according to Justin Tinsley of The Undefeated.

Antetokounmpo is still a rather green product with plenty of length and athleticism, but unrefined as a player who is hoping to earn minutes.

Yet, he’s made his opportunities count, scoring his first bucket in a late-game put-back against the Phoenix Suns in Summer League.

“I was a little nervous,” Antetokounmpo admitted.

“I feel like every first game is like that. But this one was special, you know? To get to wear an NBA jersey. It’s a dream come true.”

The 6-foot-11 forward will have a lot to prove, but if he’s to take any inspiration from a 60th overall selection in the draft, there is no one better to look up to than 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas, who was snagged with the last pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2011, only to become the third-leading scorer in the league in 2016-17.