The Greek Freak is about to show just how freakish he can be on the basketball court. According to Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, the 6-foot-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the team’s starting point guard next season.
Yes. You actually did read that right:
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the team's point guard heading into next season.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) March 29, 2016
It’s an assumption more than anything, but can someone point to a taller starting point guard in the history of the NBA? This one scribe can’t.
Antetokounmpo, a first-round pick of the Bucks back in 2013, is one of the more intriguing young players in the game. The 21-year-old is averaging 16.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season. He’s also added four triple-doubles and is playing solid basketball on both ends of the court.
There are, however, a couple questions one must ask when analyzing this move.
Michael Carter-Williams is the team’s current starting point guard. He’s been out since the end of February with a hip injury and is slated to miss the remainder of the year. Even before said injury, there were rumors that Carter-Williams was on the outs in Milwaukee.
The other thing to look at here was the viability of Milwaukee going with a frontcourt of the Greek Freak, Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe moving forward. That idea seemed to have a whole heck of a lot of upside to it.
Kidd wanting to mix things up is one thing. Doing so at the risk of taking away from what could be a strength might be an issue.