Rapid Reax: Knicks nab Antetokounmpo
June, 26, 2014
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
The Knicks have selected Thanasis Antetokounmpo with the 51st pick in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft. He is the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo -- the "Greek Freak" who took the NBA by storm last season in Milwaukee.
Chris Marion/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Knicks hope Thanasis Antetokounmpo brings the boom to the 'Bockers.
Here's a quick look at Antetokounmpo:
The athletic, 6-foot-6 wing had a strong showing in the D-League last season with the Delaware 87ers. Antetokounmpo has a seven-foot wingspan and is viewed as a strong finisher at the rim. His biggest attribute for the Knicks could be on defense.
Thanks to his wingspan and athleticism, Antetokounmpo is seen by some as a strong defender. He also has a quick first step and is an excellent finisher at the rim, though he needs to improve his jump shot.
Knicks take French center with 57th pick: The Knicks acquired the 57th pick in the draft for cash from Indiana, which selected French center Louis Labeyrie. The 6-foot-10, 22-year-old played last season with Paris-Levallois, averaging 2.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 12.8 minutes per game.