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Kostas Antetokounmpo

Kostas Antetokounmpo’s career may have just started, but he has already been on the roster for two prestigious NBA franchises. So who does Kostas Antetokounmpo play for? As of July 2019, Antetokounmpo is officially a LA Laker.

Kostas Antetokounmpo’s position is power forward. At 6ft 10in in height, he is an imposing presence on the court. Last season he played most of his games in the NBA G League for the Texas Legends, giving a good account of his potential.

The Lakers have taken on this potential, and will hope that the experienced heads in the roster will help nurture the talented Antetokounmpo. One thing is for sure: Antetokounmpo has one of the best rosters in the NBA to learn from. LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be sure to pass on some tips to develop Antetokounmpo’s game.

Early career

Kostas Antetokounmpo’s career has followed in the footsteps of his older brothers — Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo — making his way from Greece to the NBA. Their parents moved to Greece before their birth, with all three children being born in Athens.

A landscape picture of Athens whilst the sun is setting giving the whole picture an orange tint through the grey clouds.

Kostas Antetokounmpo’s basketball career began, like his brothers, at Filathlitikos in Athens. When Giannis was drafted to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013, the family moved to Milwaukee, USA.

Kostas Antetokounmpo attended Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. His performances drew attention from college scouts across the US. He averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. This helped guide the Domincan High School to their fifth consecutive State championship title.

After high school, Kostas Antetokounmpo attended the University of Dayton in Ohio. He was redshirted for the 2016-2017 season as he was ruled a partial qualifier. He had spent his first two years of high school in Greece, and as such did not meet the full NCAA requirements.

He was able to play the 2017-2018 season. During the season, Antetokounmpo averaged 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. At the end of the season, Antetokounmpo declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Dallas Mavericks

Kostas Antetokounmpo’s performances in college were strong, however his red-shirted freshman year curbed his reputation slightly. His brother Giannis’ performances for the Milwaukee Bucks were going from strength to strength, and Kostas Antentokounmpo’s potential had a tangible example to follow.

Kostas Antetokounmpo’s NBA draft pick was number 60. He was the final pick of the draft and was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Immediately after the draft, Kostas Antetokounmpo traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Antetokounmpo signed a two-way contract in July 2018. This meant that he would play for both the Dallas Mavericks and their NBA G League franchise, the Texas Legends. His wages would depend upon whether he played for the Mavericks or the Legends.

In the 2018-2019 season, Antetokounmpo would spend the majority of the season playing for the Texas Legends. He would only play two games for the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 5.5 minutes and scoring 1 point, 1 steal and 0.5 rebounds. In contrast, he played 40 games for the Texas Legends.

Kostas Antetokounmpo had a fairly successful season in the NBA G League. He averaged 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1 steal per game. This did include a double-double against the South Bay Lakers, where he scored 18 points and 11 rebounds. Arguably, it was this performance that secured him a move to Los Angeles.

In July 2019, Antetokounmpo was waived by the Dallas Mavericks. The LA Lakers claimed him later in the month.

Los Angeles Lakers

For Kostas Antetokounmpo, news of the Lakers interest would have been almost too good to be true. The Lakers have shown a lot of belief in their youth in the past few seasons and the prestigious franchise has the world class LeBron James on their roster.

In Kostas Antetokounmpo, Lakers fans have a potential replacement for Jemerrio Jones. Jones built a reputation for his hard work and rebound stats, and Antetokounmpo has shown his rebound astuteness since high school.

There is no doubt that Antetokounmpo will spend most of his time with the South Bay Lakers. He’ll be hoping to use his time with the South Bay Lakers in the same way that Alex Caruso did. Caruso went from a two-way contract to a full time first team contract.

With the Lakers, Kostas Antetokounmpo has the opportunity to follow in his brother Giannis’ footsteps towards establishing himself as a top NBA player. Giannis is the 2019 NBA MVP, and while those are difficult shoes to fill, he is part of a roster that can refine his game tremendously.

The LA Lakers are out to break their NBA Playoff drought. This might mean that they’ll rely on the experienced heads this season, which in turn could mean that Antetokounmpo will only make his LA Lakers debut later in the Lakers schedule.

Los Angeles Lakers 2009 to 2010 team after winning the NBA Championship posing with Barack Obama.

Antetokounmpo’s fans and family will be keeping a close eye on all Lakers news, especially when it comes to injuries. Last season, injuries gave opportunities to many youngsters on the Lakers roster. However Antetokounmpo gets his opportunity, he will need to make it count.

NBA stats

Kostas Antetokounmpo’s stats might not be impressive at first glance, but as anyone who has seen him play will know, there is a lot of potential. It’s important to remember that he has only played 11 minutes in the NBA. Nevertheless, his current NBA career stats are 1 point, 1 steal and 0.5 rebounds per game.

For Lakers fans who only know Antetokounmpo through his stats, it doesn’t paint the full picture. His college stats were also hampered by being redshirted in his freshman year. He is a strong finisher and could offer additional dynamics to the team. To find out how Kostas will adapt to his new home, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless gaming experience.

Antetokounmpo will be hoping to continue his NBA G League form with the South Bay Lakers this season, and learn as much as he can from LeBron James and Anthony Davis. All the ingredients are there for Antetokounmpo to take the next step in his career and establish himself as a seasoned NBA basketball player.

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