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Dallas Mavericks 2014 NBA Draft: Thanasis Antetokounmpo


Giannis Antetokounmpo was ridiculous on the court last year for the Milwaukee Bucks. There were times when the Greek product dribbled three times from baseline to baseline. Now, imagine two Antetokounmpo’s in the NBA. Yep, Gianis’ younger brother, Thanasis, declared for the 2014 NBA Draft and one team that might have interest in him is the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks love versatility and matchup problems. Just take a look at what Dirk Nowitzki has done in his career as a stretch forward for the Mavericks. Although drafting Thanasis may not be ideal because he is extremely raw, but the Mavericks have a great coach in Rick Carlisle and that could ultimately be the reason why Thanasis could become something special in the NBA like his brother.

The first thing you see about the younger Thanasis is his body. At 6’6″, 205 pounds, with a 7’0″ wingspan, Antetokounmpo has the makings to be an instant-impact player on the defensive side of the ball. Much like his brother, he has long strides that help him to get up and down the court. I said earlier how his offense in the half-court needs work, but in transition, Antetokounmpo could cause a ton of problems for defenses. People have compared to Antetokounmpo to Thabo Sefolosha or even Tony Allen as defense will be his calling card. Antetokounmpo will be risky, but the Mavericks could use a player like him.

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