The 3 Young Lakers Who Could Shine in Orlando

Kostas Antetokounmpo

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Lesser-known then his brother, Kostas Antetokounmpo was drafted with the 60th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018 draft. He was then immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he played out the 2018-19 season before being released into free agency and getting picked up by the Lakers.

Before entering the draft, the Greek Freak 2.0 played a single year at Dayton. In the 29 games he played for the Flyers he averaged 5.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG and 1.1 BPG as the team went 14-17 and missed out on the postseason. Prior to entering the draft, some outlets had him as high as 55th while others had him going undrafted, as low as 86th. The uncertainty can probably be put down to him missing out on the NCAA tournament (lowering his draft stock) and the success of his older brother (strengthening his draft stock).

Since signing with the Lakers, Antetokounmpo has, of course, played his fair share of games with South Bay. Averaging 14.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG and 1.3 BPG in 38 G-League games. This shows fascinating progress from his Freshmen year at Dayton, heavy increases in both points and rebounds shows him as a much stronger all-around player then first thought. The next target for the young Greek prospect is to put weight on, at the moment he stands at a tall 6’10” and a lightweight of only 200lbs. Adding in his wingspan of 7’2″, if he can put muscle on, he is the perfect build for a defensive monster, much like his older brother.

Prior to the restart of the regular season schedule, Antetokounmpo played in each of the three scrimmage games the Lakers took part in. In the first game against the Mavericks, Antetokounmpo would only play 6 minutes, scoring 5 points in his short time on the floor. He wouldn’t feature again until the Lakers met the Wizards in game 3. In the 22 minutes he played against Washington he would score 9 points and secure 7 rebounds as LA thrashed their opponent.

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