From an unfamiliar gym in Athens, all the way to the NBA, it was quite a leap for Giannis Antetokounmpo. A name taken by David Stern, the league’s former president, at a rehearsal before he pronounced it correctly. Its history from rags to riches is amazing and almost mythical.
ESPN found the story of the Greek freak intriguing enough to start detailing the details “The greatest draft story of anyone told”. In fact, it is quite worrying that 14 franchises have passed and not signed a future two-time NBA MVP (before turning 26). It was probably the biggest scout failure ever.
The story of Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Greek freak comes from a humble beginnings, where he and his brothers had to sell goods door to door to help their mother. Basketball was his only escape from the life of mediocrity, if not poverty. With NBA dreams in mind, Janice remained uncomfortable until she was 18 years old.
According to Adrian Voynarovski of ESPN, “At the end of June, when he was at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, seven and a half months earlier, there was no team in the NBA that had ever heard of him. It went from completely off the global map to suddenly on the brink of the NBA lottery, and the process leading up to those months was just one of the most unique, enigmatic, enigmatic. “
The Milwaukee Bucks were one of the earliest franchises to understand and recognize the talent and work ethic of a young Giannis. John Hammond, former CEO of Bucks, “I remember the day very clearly because Jeff Wolman was working with me in Milwaukee at the time. I remember Jeff saying, “Hey, John, there’s a young player in Athens that’s picking up a lot of potential right now. We should probably go see him. “
Apparently he made a fuss and left a mark on the few scouts who knew him. The wingspan of 7’3 ″, combined with large arms and great protective ability at an early age can be impressive for anyone.
The hits and misses of the controversial NBA Draft 2013
After the discovery of the Greek freak took place, the franchisees in the knowledge of its potential wanted to keep it a secret. The Atlanta Hawks (who later received Dennis Schroeder and Shane Larkin) were one of them. They had picks # 17 and # 18 in their name. If it wasn’t Bucks, Janice was the Atlanta boy. But Bucks knew his ceiling was too high to ignore. An NBA agent remembered “I got a phone call and they called me and said, ‘We have the next Magic Johnson.'”
Even today, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes it’s a mistake not to choose Janice at # 13. This whole project was disastrous. Only two players, Victor Oladipo (ORL) and CJ McCollum (POR), could reach a level that gave justice to their choice. But leaving a future player in the hall of the famous for the 15th choice is simply unthinkable.
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