Giannis Antetokounmpo out to prove himself
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) The Bucks used the No. 15 pick in this year's draft on a relative unknown, even in basketball circles. Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the draft without much of a track record against high-level competition, though he showed a pretty diverse skill set while playing for Greece in the Under-20 European Championship this summer.
"I had never played against the best guys in Europe before, to see what I've got, and it was a very good experience," Antetokounmpo told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We had 10 games in 13 days. We had some guys on our team who were very good shooters and scorers. If I can't do that, I have to do something else. Defense, blocking (shots) and rebounding."
Antetokounmpo averaged 8.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game, while adding 1.4 blocked shots to finish seventh in the tournament. Coach Larry Drew traveled to Estonia to watch Antetokounmpo play in the tournament, one of the first times Drew has been able to watch him in person.
"It's good to know your coach cares about you and wants to know things about you," Antetokounmpo said.
Antetokounmpo's role at the start of the season has yet to be determined.