When 18-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Nigerian whose family immigrated to Greece and raised a family of basketball players was chosen the number one draft choice of the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA, there were a lot of people who went, “Who?”
The kid was an unknown in the U.S. but early in the season is showing sparks of the stuff that could make him a star one day. Dan Favale, in a piece in Bleacher Report praising a soaring reverse slam dunk that the “Greek Freak,” as Antetokounmpo is sometimes called, said something about him “Makes you want to scream, ‘Hot Damn!’”
“Maybe it’s his Optimus Prime-sized hands. Or his 7’3″ wingspan. Or his freakishly wiry, athletic frame. Perhaps it’s all of the above. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, it was most definitely all of the above. The Milwaukee Bucks rookie put his reach to good use when he followed Luke Ridnour’s miss with a right-handed stuff. But here’s the thing: This wasn’t your normal putback.
“Antetokounmpo practically reached into the stands to complete this jam. It wasn’t the most thunderous of slams, but it was reminiscent of Michael Jordan’s game-winning dunk in Space Jam.
Antetokounmpo can “go get it” and then some. And then some more after that.”