Dallas Mavericks: Could Kostas ever become like his brother?
By Kohl Rast
The Dallas Mavericks made a bunch of great decisions in the 2018 NBA Draft, but one decision that could pan out in the long run is the selection of Kostas Antetokounmpo out of Dayton. Kostas is the little brother of Milwaukee Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The idea of getting a Giannis Antetokounmpo lookalike with the final pick of the 2018 NBA Draft was probably a pretty good one by the Dallas Mavericks. The interesting thing about this is that he doesn’t just look like Giannis, he has the same genes. Kostas Antetokounmpo may not be taking the league by storm as quickly as Giannis did, but can he ever be anything like his brother?
The short, obvious answer is probably not. Giannis came to the league a much more polished player than his brother is. Kostas spent one year at Dayton University where he underperformed and never got a real groove as a main cog for a team that needed some help. Many were confused that he even declared for the draft in the first place.
Dallas must have had Kostas on their radar, because he was still selected over a few players people had ranked higher than him. The lanky wing did fill a positional need for the Mavs, but he was an expected project so the positional need doesn’t make much sense for a reason to draft him.
So let’s take a look at some highlights from Kostas Antetokounmpo to figure out how he can compare to his older brother.
It is obvious that there is talent in this young player. Kostas is an inch shorter and has an inch less on his wingspan than Giannis, but he is going to need to do a lot of work on his jumpshot to get to the point where Giannis is.
If I were a betting man, I would say that we will have a good idea of how good Kostas can be within the first two years of his time in the NBA. I do not think that his ceiling is anywhere near Giannis’, but he could still be a solid role player.
I hope Kostas can be successful in the league. He will get his chance with the Dallas Mavericks, but he will need to make it count. Let’s hope that one Antetokounmpo can either play like the other or bring him over.