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07:27 AM ET 01.13 | The Bucks are becoming more and more familiar with 19-year-old rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo's "He can do that?" moments. The comment might come after a spectacular dunk, such as the one Saturday night when Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins got posterized. It might come after a block, such as the "Greek Freak" wiping out a shot by Thunder star Kevin Durant. Or it might come simply by watching the rookie use his long reach to rebound the ball before sprinting upcourt with wary opponents in fast retreat. The first few months of Antetokounmpo's NBA career have been a whirlwind, both on and off the court. He has grown more than an inch and a half since draft day in June, going from 6 feet 9 inches to 6-10 1/2. ... Thunder coach Scott Brooks joked he could not spell the rookie's name but could clearly see his talent.

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January 13, 2014  08:28 AM ET

Size Matters, Bro.

January 13, 2014  08:45 AM ET

I don't think I've actually seen him play one minute yet.....
But is he a real player or just a Harold minor dunk here, dunk there guy?

January 13, 2014  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't think I've actually seen him play one minute yet.....But is he a real player or just a Harold minor dunk here, dunk there guy?

He has the length of Durant. He is getting better and could be like that French player from Portland. I forgot his name...

January 13, 2014  09:04 AM ET
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He has the length of Durant. He is getting better and could be like that French player from Portland. I forgot his name...

I remember now. It's Nicolas Batum

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January 13, 2014  12:03 PM ET

I've watched every Bucks game this year and can tell you 100% That Giannis is going to be a superstar. I can't recall a player with his size and athleticism, ball handling and passing skills that can compare to Giannis. The way he pushes the ball reminds me of Magic ( to a degree) but he's 10 time more athletic than Magic. Durant has a much better J, but Giannis has good form and his J will develop. He's going to be a 7 footer who could run the point. I've seen him drive from the 3 point line and dunk without traveling, he takes this insanely huge steps that makes player look back to see if he really just did that. I've also seen on several occasions Giannis take rebounds from behind from a player in perfect position with out fouling. Without his length he's be called for over the back, I've seen him do this to centers. He's also a class act and will be a huge huge star in this league sometime soon.

January 13, 2014  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I've watched every Bucks game this year and can tell you 100% That Giannis is going to be a superstar. I can't recall a player with his size and athleticism, ball handling and passing skills that can compare to Giannis. The way he pushes the ball reminds me of Magic ( to a degree) but he's 10 time more athletic than Magic. Durant has a much better J, but Giannis has good form and his J will develop. He's going to be a 7 footer who could run the point. I've seen him drive from the 3 point line and dunk without traveling, he takes this insanely huge steps that makes player look back to see if he really just did that. I've also seen on several occasions Giannis take rebounds from behind from a player in perfect position with out fouling. Without his length he's be called for over the back, I've seen him do this to centers. He's also a class act and will be a huge huge star in this league sometime soon.

He is a nice guy but he needs to get consistent. Everything you said is nice but if he doesn't do it consitently then he is just another player at the end of the bench...

January 13, 2014  02:27 PM ET

He reminds me of a more agressive Batum and he is only 19 with a rediculous wingspan that actually uses it to his advantage. He is going to be a 3rd option type that does all the dirty work and fill out the stat sheet without many if at all plays called for him. Wait till next year though

January 13, 2014  02:34 PM ET
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He is a nice guy but he needs to get consistent. Everything you said is nice but if he doesn't do it consitently then he is just another player at the end of the bench...

I think consistency can develop over time with the right mind. The Greek Freak is 19 and gonna be a beast.

January 13, 2014  02:36 PM ET

"He played hard," Durant said. "He gave up his body for his team. I'd go to war with a guy like that any night.

"He's going to be a treat to watch. He's going to keep getting better and gaining experience. That's the best thing for him, just to start him and let him play. He's going to be really good."



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January 13, 2014  02:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I think consistency can develop over time with the right mind. The Greek Freak is 19 and gonna be a beast.

Right on brother. People have no idea, just wait until he develops a J !!!!!! He's going to be a superstar!!!

January 13, 2014  04:03 PM ET
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He is a nice guy but he needs to get consistent........

IIRC.....this ROOKIE is only 19 years old (youngest player in the league).

How many "consistent" 19 year-old rookies have you seen in the NBA?

January 13, 2014  04:31 PM ET
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Right on brother. People have no idea, just wait until he develops a J !!!!!! He's going to be a superstar!!!

He has some serious potential, everything is there for him to be a really good player and he already plays defense. He is a freaking 6- 10 SG /SF that hustles and plays defense, he might be 6-11 by the time he stops growing. He is going to be a dangerous player once he gets just an average jump shot. In the mean time just enjoy his devlopment. He has the perfect nickname though that dude is a freak. I can't say who I can compare him to but he runs like a freaking gazelle serious long strides. Combine Corey Brewer's hustling defense, with Batum's defense/shot blocking into a 6-10 person who has a body that is close in purportion to Durant and close in agility to Durant and you get a freak.

 
January 13, 2014  04:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

IIRC.....this ROOKIE is only 19 years old (youngest player in the league). How many "consistent" 19 year-old rookies have you seen in the NBA?

Seriously man he is only ~20 games into his rookie year and just turned 19. I would love to see him on an umtempto team. No man that tall should be that agile and quick

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