Finishing the Season Strong:
As the suspension hit, Kostas Antetokounmpo was finding his rhythm. In the 4 games in March, he was averaging 16.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block per game. On an eye-catching 81.8% shooting from the field.
His last two games were 24 and 20 point outings, against the Aqua Caliente Clippers and Austin Spurs, respectively. In the prior, he recorded 13 rebounds and had a game plus/minus of 13. Converting his shots at a 91.7% rate.
Over the course of the season, Antetokounmpo has struggled from the free-throw line, shooting 58.9%. Work could be done in this facet of his game, to increase that number. In March, his conversion rate from the charity stripe did increase to 81.8%. Albeit within a small sample size.
His turnovers of 2.8 per game is a concern and could be reduced. He’s a very raw talent that can be reckless at times with the ball, resulting in mistakes being made. This may be reduced as he matures his game.
Apart from the odd game, Kostas Antetokounmpo has been consistent throughout the course of the season. What you see is what you get with him. Whilst he may not put up 25+ points and 10+ rebounds every single game. He’ll go out there and be productive in the time given to him.
Whether his future lies in the NBA is debatable. But he’s certainly a nice piece for the South Bay Lakers. In pre-season for the Lakers, he did impress on multiple occasions against the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors. He may be a player to keep an eye on moving forward.
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