Feb 24, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Bucks defeated the Sixers 130-110. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo Committed To Milwaukee ... At The Point?


Second-year swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo vented after Wednesday’s Las Vegas Summer League loss to the San Antonio Spurs, in only the way the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round draft pick in 2013 can.

Antetokounmpo took to his Twitter account after the 100-71 loss that dropped the Bucks to 0-4 in summer league play:

I mean, wow. He hates losing, but his solution is to help his current team become a winner? Rather than chasing wins somewhere else?

Refreshing change.

Antetokounmpo has been the star for the Bucks in Las Vegas, averaging 17 points, 5.8 rebounds, a steal and a block in 33 minutes per game while shooting .462/.375/.737.

There has been a lot of debate over whether the tall, athletic Antetokounmpo’s future is at the small forward or shooting guard spot, but he was doing something different in Las Vegas.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Antetokounmpo got some extended run during Summer League play at the point guard spot.

Against the Utah Jazz on Monday, Antetokounmpo spent nearly all of his 32 minutes as the triggerman for the offense.

Coach Jason Kidd thinks the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo can do the job … maybe.

“We’ve seen it in practice,” Kidd said. “When you see a player’s comfort level with the ball—no matter what size—we wanted to see it in game action. We slowly have started letting him have the ball and running the offense.”

Antetokounmpo has made obvious strides since the end of last season, looking more assertive on offense and more comfortable in the half-court.

The Greek Freak, as he is known, is still a growing boy—literally—having shot up to 6-foot-11 from the 6-foot-9 he stood when he was drafted a little more than a year ago.

Kidd likes the idea of a lineup with Antetokounmpo running the show.

“If you have Giannis, (Brandon) Knight, (Jabari) Parker, (Ersan) Ilyasova and (Larry) Sanders, it’s a pretty big team,” Kidd said. “Most people would say Knight is the point guard.

“But if you have Giannis with the ball directing in traffic, he would be the point guard, or the shooting guard, or the 3 or 4.”

But in any event, Kidd says he sees Antetokounmpo’s future revolving around having the ball, invoking some pretty heady names in the process.

“[He needs to] slow down, understand the process of not going too fast,” Kidd said. “A 19-year-old to a 30-year-old is a little different in understanding that. But that’s what this time of the year is for, to understand Magic (Johnson) wasn’t fast. Grant Hill had a quick first step, but he was a point forward.

Scottie Pippen could play multiple positions.”

Two Hall of Famers and a guy who will likely join them … not bad guys to be compared to at all.

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