Thanasis Antetokounmpo spent 2013-14 playing for the Delaware 87ers in the NBA D-League. He is among a group of six players working out Monday for the Milwaukee Bucks. (Screen capture from youtube.com)

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Among Milwaukee Bucks Hopefuls


The Milwaukee Bucks are bringing in another group of players to take part in pre-draft workouts Monday and one of them has an in on the squad.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo—the Bucks’ first-round draft choice last year—is one of six players set to work out for Milwaukee officials as part of the lead up to the June 26 NBA Draft, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Thanasis also came to the U.S. last year, but unlike Giannis, did not jump immediately to the NBA. Instead, the elder Antetokounmpo played for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Developmental League this season.

Antetokounmpo was the only 87er to play in all 50 games for the club. He averaged 12 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 blocked shots and 1.2 steals in 29.3 minutes per game, with a shooting slash line of .469/.309/.663.

Antetokounmpo is 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds and played one season for Filathitikos in the Greek A2 League in 2012-13, scoring 12.2 points per game.

In the most recent round of mock drafts, Draft Express has the 21-year-old Greek going to the Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 40 overall. At CBSSports.com, Matt Moore has Antetokounmpo going 41st to the Denver Nuggets and Zach Harper has him at No. 50 overall to the Phoenix Suns.

FanSided’s HoopsHabit.com had Antetokounmpo going 39th to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Other players coming in to work out for the Bucks are Oklahoma guard Cameron Clark, Seton Hall forward Fuquan Edwin, Stanford forward Josh Huestis, Arkansas State guard Melvin Johnson and forward Ovie Soko, from London via UAB and Duquesne.

In addition to having the No. 2 overall selection in the draft, the Bucks own three second-round choices—No. 31, No. 36 and No. 48 overall.

Tags: 2014 NBA Draft Cameron Clark Fuquan Edwin Josh Huestis Melvin Johnson Milwaukee Bucks Ovie Soko Thanasis Antetokounmpo