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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Rapid Reax: Knicks nab Antetokounmpo

By Ian Begley

The Knicks hope Thanasis Antetokounmpo brings the boom to the 'Bockers.
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.

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.